Are You and Your Pet Prepared for an Emergency?

November 19, 2013 in Aerowood Animal Hospital

Whether a natural disaster such as a flood or snowstorm, a power outage, or health emergency, it always pays to be prepared. If you are a pet owner, make sure your emergency plans include your pet.

The ASPCA suggests having an emergency preparedness plan and kit. Here is an overview.

* Have a designated caregiver for your pet, both temporary and permanent, in case of an emergency. Prepare care instructions in advance.

* Create a pet first aid kit. This kit should include items such as an extra harness and leash, carrier and blanket, portable food and water dish, and disposable litter, tray and garbage bags. Keep your first aid kit in an easy-to-reach place such as near an exit or in your vehicle.

* Make sure to have an evacuation plan and shelter in place if an emergency should arise. The evacuation plan should detail how to safely leave your home with your pet before the emergency happens. If pets are not allowed in the place you are going, have a backup plan in a safe area for your animal.

* Keep your pet up-to-date on all vaccinations and wellness exams to protect them and others from diseases during an emergency.

* Practice your plan by holding fire and emergency drills.

For more on making sure you and your pet are prepared for an emergency situation, visit the ASPCA’s Disaster Preparedness page here:

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