Knowing what to do in the event of an emergency is crucial for you, your family, and your pets. That’s why, during the month of June, you should use these pro tips to help you prepare your pet. These steps for Pet Preparedness Month are simple but lifesaving!
Make Sure Your Pet Has Identification
This is one of the most crucial steps you should take. The best way to do this is to take your pet to the vet for a microchip. This is a small device, about the size of a grain of rice, that is implanted into your pet. It contains all necessary emergency contact information and can be scanned easily at any animal shelter or vet. If your pet requires medication, be sure to include that in the microchip.
Determine a Place You Can Safely Take Your Pet
In the event you need to evacuate, it’s a good idea to know somewhere ahead of time where you can take your pet. This could be a friend or family member’s home, but also check with local hotels to find out which ones allow pets.
Make Sure You Have Leash Handy
The last thing you want is to lose your pet during a disaster! Keep a leash and harness easily accessible, and make the effort to keep them on the leash and with you for several days after an event. Your pets get just as scared you as you do, so staying close will provide you both with comfort.
Keep Contact Information Updated
If an event happens while you’re away from home, who will know to rescue your pet? Will they know where to find everything they need to keep your pet safe? Discuss with someone you trust, or even more than one person, what to do in the event of an emergency. Put a plan of action in place now rather than later.
Assemble a Pet Emergency Kit
You’ll find valuable information on Ready.gov on how to assemble a kit, but in general, this needs to include all emergency plans, contact information, photos of your pet, food / water, and travel bowls.
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