May 9th is National Animal Disaster Preparation Day. The last several weeks have been a roller coaster, to say the least. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for emergencies. That includes preparing your pet as well! A local Auburn Hills, MI vet discusses disaster preparation for pet parents below.
If your pet doesn’t have an emergency bag, take a few minutes to pack one. This should include toys, treats, bedding, towels, medication, dishes, and food. If you have a dog, include a tie-out line, waste baggies, and a spare leash and collar. You may want to add a muzzle, as some emergency shelters may require them. Fluffy should also have a litterbox and litter. Pet calming products, such as sprays, are also a good addition. Keep these things with your pet’s carrier, in a spot that’s easy to grab. Be sure to put ID on the carrier as well. (Tip: luggage tags can come in handy for this.)
As the saying says, an ounce of prevention is worth several pounds of cure. Make sure that your pet is current on their vaccinations and parasite control. Keep copies of this documentation in your car, as you may need it to get into a pet-friendly hotel or shelter. Your furry pal should also be fixed, microchipped, and wearing current ID tags.
We strongly recommend getting a pet first aid kit. You can start with one made for people, and then add some pet-specific items. You may also want to get a pet first-aid app and/or print out some brochures. Keep these things with your pet’s bag and carrier.
It’s always best to err on the side of caution. Make sure that you have an emergency plan, which includes your pet. Make arrangements in advance for emergency boarding or pet sitting, in case for any reason you are unable to care for your furry pal.
Firefighters generally understand that pets are part of our families, and will try to save them if it’s possible. Window stickers can be very helpful here! Include the number and kind of pets you have, and where they may be hiding.
Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Is your animal companion due for an appointment? Please feel free to contact us, your Auburn Hills, MI vet clinic, anytime.