Be Prepared for your Pets in an Emergency!

September is officially Pet Emergency Preparedness month but why not get a head start preparing to keep your pets safe and healthy in the event of an emergency.

Would you know what to do if your dog was choking, severely cut, or bite by snake?

Seconds and minutes matter.

It’s best to read and regularly refresh your first aid and CPR knowledge using a Dog or Cat First Aid Book, as well as attending a Dog First Aid Course every 1-2 years. Reach out to your local Red Cross or Rescue Organization to see if they offer or know of a nearby course opportunities.

Of course, in most parts of the world there is also potential for a variety of natural disasters: earthquakes, fires, tornado, floods, etc. Do you have a plan to evacuate with your pets?

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Pet Emergency Preparedness Checklist

Here is a short list of items you should have in your emergency pack for your pets:

General:

  • Emergency Blanket
  • Sleeping Bag
  • First Aid Kit
  • Laminated Photos of Pets for Lost Posters
  • Copies of Pet Proof of Ownership
  • Copies of Recent Vaccines/Medical Records
  • Wet Ones
  • Water (enough for at least three days—so at least a few gallons for your pets, as well as a few for you)
  • Water Purification Tablets

Dog:

  • Dog First Aid Book
  • Food (regularly check expiration)
  • Bowls (one for food one for water)
  • Leash
  • Collar/Harness and ID Tags
  • Carrier/Kennel
  • Seat Belt (see my post about my favorite product at http://feetandpaws.com/safest-way-to-drive-with-your-dog/)
  • Dog Booties (in case the terrain is hot, cold, or hard to manage)
  • Canned Food Covers
Dog First Aid and Pet Emergency Preparedness

Cat:

Also have on hand the list of regional Dog Friendly Hotels in case there are no emergency shelters that can accommodate you and your pets.

Cat First Aid and Pet Emergency Preparedness

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