It’s important to be prepared for an emergency. You never know when disaster can strike, so planning ahead is critical. One thing we might not consider when planning for an emergency like a natural disaster is what to do for our pets. They’ll need help then too.
June is National Pet Preparedness Month, and ready.gov has some useful tips for making sure your pet is part of your disaster preparedness plan. Some key things to keep in mind include:
Many designated public emergency shelters don’t allow pets. Many hotels also don’t, so do some research to find potential locations that would be appropriate for you and your pet. Your veterinarian might have some suggestions.
An important step you can take is to have your pet microchipped. In an emergency, you could get separated from your pet, and microchip tracking can make all the difference. Talk with your vet about microchipping.
Just as you should have a 72-hour kit for the people in your family, your pet should have an emergency kit too. Some items to include are:
Talk with your veterinarian about getting your pet ready for a disaster. Preparing now will help you handle the unthinkable, and it will give you some peace of mind.