Editor’s Note: The following submission is from Kallie Milleman a Pet Expert & Media Specialist from an Animal Welfare Organization. Have a pet related experience or story to share? Submit an article today!
Emergency Preparedness Week is here and we want you to have a plan for you and your pet!
It’s important to consider your pet when considering an emergency situation. Most recently in Canada we have seen areas affected by wildfires, floods and flash freezes, which means power outages and damage to homes or resources. It’s important to remember to check your kit often, and replenish items as needed.
At many retail pet stores, you can purchase an emergency kit for your pet, however you may want to consider customizing your kit for your pet.
It’s important to have a first aid portion to your kit. Your pet could sustain an injury during an emergency, and you may not be able to get to a veterinarian. Consider purchasing a pet first aid kit that is already fully loaded to save you time
Food and Water:
Keep a supply of your pets food and water in your kit, in case you are unable to get to a store or your power is out.
Keep a photo copy of your pets media records on hand. Should you be displaced and need to get your pet to a veterinarian that is not there own, having your pets medical history available could help save their life. If your pet is on specific medication, consider keeping an extra supply in your kit.
Have a photo of your pet in your kit. This could be handy if your pet goes missing in an emergency. Know who the shelters and boarding facilities are in your area. Should you and your pet be displaced, you will want to know who to contact to keep your et safe.
For more information, consult your veterinarian – they are more than just your pets doctor, they are a resource!