Thursday, October 10, 2013

Making a Disaster Plan for Your Pet

Making a Disaster Plan for Your Pet

When natural disasters occur having a plan for your pet(s) can make a difference. Have a safe place where both you and your pet(s) can go if you have to evacuate. Below are several things to do to prepare.

Make sure your pet has some type of ID (microchip or tag). Also have a current photo of your pet(s) in case they become lost.

Have enough non-perishable food and water for 3-5 days. Food needs to be kept in an air and water tight container.

Medications need to also be in an air and water tight container for 3-5 days. Make sure the directions are written down for someone else to read.

First Aid kit for your pet. This should include cotton bandage rolls, bandaging tape, scissors, first aid cream, alcohol, saline and gloves.

Have available extra trash bags, paper towels and gloves to clean up your pet's waste material. You may also want to have some household bleach available for disinfecting.

A carrier for your pet.  Some pets feel more secure in a carrier and there is less chance of them escaping.  Also have leashes, collars or harnesses available.

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