Disaster Preparedness Month
Though the Midwest doesn’t deal with many floods or associated tropical storms, disaster preparedness should never be overlooked. The panic that comes with disasters can often catch us off-guard and being unprepared can leave us at the mercy of the storm. When a pet is added to the situation, things can get a little trickier. Check out these tips to keep yourself and your furry friend calm, cool, and collected in the event of a worst-case scenario.
Heres what your fido/feline’s survival kit should look like:
- It is recommended that you keep at least 5 days’ worth of food and water for your pet prepared in addition to your own supply.
- Keep all of your pet’s medical information on hand including their dose information.
- In a water-tight container, keep all of their medications stockpiled and ready for action.
- Have the numbers of your veterinarian, and an emergency vet clinic programmed into your phone in case your animal should be injured during a disaster.
- In case your pet should become separated and lost, keep an updated description and images of your pet on a jump drive and store it with your own survival kit.
- Keep any necessary restraints such as extra muzzles, carriers, and leashes in the kit.
- The collar that you pet wears should always include a current rabies vaccination tag, identification including your phone number, address, and the animal’s name (you can even include tags that indicate your animal’s medical needs).
- Finally, get your pet microchipped! Microchipping your pet provides peace of mind that your animal will be returned to you if found and sent to a shelter after a disaster leaves them lost and alone.
- See this extensive survival kit list provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.