June is National Pet Preparedness Month. As June is the first month of summer and hurricane season, this month urges pet owners to make preparations for their dog or cat should an emergency happen. This includes planning for hurricanes, tornados, floods, fires and other natural disasters.
These simple preparations can help keep your pets safe in the event of an emergency.
Identification: A well fitted collar with an I.D. tag attached or personalized with a contact name and phone number is one of the easiest ways for your pet to be returned to you should they get lost or separated.
Awareness of Pets: A window cling or sign will let rescuers know how many and what types of pets you own to conduct a search.
Local Safe Zones: Learn nearby exit routes in your town and the locations of local shelters, pet friendly hotels and friends that can temporarily provide a place of care and safety for your pet.
Keep Calm: Pets can sense your emotions. If you’re worried and stressed, your pet will feel the same. Be as comforting and calm as you can be given the situation.
Pet First Aid Kit: Build an emergency supply kit for your pet that all family members can locate. The kit should be clearly labelled for the pet and easy to carry. Contents should include:
- Water and dry pet food to last 3-7 days
- Extra pet collars and leashes
- Copies of veterinarian and medical records
- Disposable garbage bags and disinfectants
Seek Immediate Veterinary Care: Emergency situations can expose your pets to stress, water, smoke and other harmful toxins. Taking your pet to the vet as soon as possible will help reduce further health issues.
Creating a pet preparedness strategy can help keep your entire family safe.