Are your pets prepared for an upcoming emergency, like a hurricane? There are some steps that you can take as a pet owner to be ready for an emergency; these strategies can improve your pet’s comfort and well-being in any sort of crisis or situation.
Make Plans for Your Pet
It is important to devise a plan long before something occurs, including a storm or hurricane. Know where you will go, what you will do, and who to contact in case of an emergency- jot it down and keep it on your phone or laptop until needed. Being organized and prepared can help you save time in an actual crisis.
Do Some Digging
Make sure that you do a little research into pet-friendly facilities, i.e. hotels, restaurants, etc., before emergency strikes. Do not get stuck driving around all night looking for lodging because the accommodations in your area don’t allow pets. Do some digging around to find some pet-friendly locations that you might head for if you need to get out of your home in a hurry.
Pack a Kit
Prepare and pack a kit of pet essentials in case you are stuck at home or if you need to leave home with little notice. Some things that you should keep on-hand include a three-day supply (at least) of food and water, medicine, bedding, sanitizer, pet dishes, and garbage bags. Among the pet supplies on-hand, include comfort items like your pet’s toy or favorite blanket.
Maintain a copy of veterinary records and keep them close by. Include copies of vaccination records, if possible; your veterinarian should be able to help you compile this information.
Are your pet’s tags current? Update information on tags as well as your pet’s contact info for their microchip. Your pet is not microchipped? Take care of this at your next vet’s appointment to keep them safe in case they become separated from you.
Invest in a Carrier
Before an emergency strikes, invest in a proper carrier that will accommodate your pet comfortably. Line it with a blanket or towel for comfort.
Connect with a Neighbor
Connect with neighbors or a trusted friend regarding emergency intervention if you are not at home. Arrange for them to intervene if something should happen when you are not at home; provide them with a key to check on or take in your pets, as well as the contact info for your veterinarian.
It doesn’t hurt to post a small sign or decal on the door to the home that indicates you have pets inside the home, as well as some emergency contact information in the event something occurs while you are out.
For quality veterinary care in Columbia, South Carolina, reach out to CVETS , a brand new, state of the art Emergency Vet and Surgery center. Use these tips to prepare for an emergency- and to keep your pets as safe as possible.