Are You and Your Pet Prepared?

Do you have a pet preparedness kit in place? Whatever is that, you might wonder? Well, do you have an emergency plan and/or kit ready for your family in case of an emergency? A kit full of things like flashlights, fresh water and snacks, first aid kits, extra cash, and likewise? Guess what! You ought to consider making one for your pet too.

June is National Pet Preparedness Month, reminding pet owners of all sorts that their four-legged family members need caring for during emergencies too. Whether it’s flooding, fires, earthquakes, tornadoes, or whatever other situation might hit your area, you’ll feel much more able to manage an emergency (and your pets) if you’re already prepared to safely deal with events.

According to the American Humane Society, here are a variety of things you should consider in case of a pet being involved in an emergency:

  • Pet medication
  • A collar with an updated tag
  • A leash
  • Water and food
  • A suitably sized pet carrier
  • Vet and medical records
  • Photos of you with your pet (to prove ownership if you do get separated)
  • Emergency contact list
  • And don’t forget things like your pet’s favorite toy or treats.

All of this will help you care for your pet and keep them as calm and comfortable as possible in a disruptive situation–such as having to leave home for an extended period of time. Pets dislike having their routines disrupted or suddenly being taken to whole new environments, but if you can bring along certain familiar items, they may handle the time in a more stable manner. Plus, pets easily pick up on our own moods. If you’re frantically grabbing things last-minute, trying not to panic in an emergency, they will sense this. However, if you’re prepared, it can help both you and your pets stay in a more positive mindset.

Have you ever gone through an emergency with pets along? How did you handle it? How would you prepare in case it happened again?

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