It's every pet owner's worst nightmare - there's an emergency happening and suddanly, in the midst of it all, they've been separated from their pet.
Saturday, May 13, 2017 is National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day. It's important for pet owners to have a plan in place for the whole family, including pets, in the case of an emergency or disaster. From storing food and water properly to pet first aid supplies, it's better to have a plan in place and never need it rather than scramble to find what you need as it's happening.
VHA has put together a downloadable checklist of things your client's can utilize to help them be prepared. It includes:
- Food & Water: Have enough food and water for three to five days. Keep your food in an airtight container and rotate every three months to ensure freshness. If you feed canned food, include a manual can opener. Don’t forget bowls!
- Medication and Medical Records: Keep your pets updated medication and medical records in a waterproof container. Also include photographs of you and your pet to prove ownership.
- Pet First-Aid Kit: In addition to a standard first-aid kit, you should also include a nylon leash, self-cling bandages, pet carrier, muzzle, and a pillowcase to confine your cat if needed.
- Have a Plan: Research pet-friendly hotels or kennels where your pet will stay in case of an evacuation, or exchange information with neighbors, friends, or family and set up a plan in the event that they need to evacuate your pets for you (or you for them).
- Microchip: Ensure your pet is microchipped and that the registration is up-to-date. It’s the easiest and quickest way to be reuinted with your pet in case of a separation due to any emergency or disaster.
Help your client's become prepared today by downloading and distributing this complimentary checklist today!