Sunday, October 3, 2010
Are you ready for a hurricane? This months newsletter does not apply to everyone but can be used for many other emergencies. You and your pets can survive a hurricane if you are prepared to evacuate your home at a moments notice. Here are some tips from the American Kennel Club in the event that you may be part of a hurricane or a national disaster.
Don't leave your pet at home. Most of the time that you have to evacuate, it is only for a couple of days, but there are times when you are unable to return to your home as quickly as you would like. Be prepared to take your pets with you by having a quality crate or carrier to put them in. Just putting your pet on a leash probably will not work with hundreds of other pets at the evacuation center. Ask us for a quote on crates and carriers at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you plan on evacuating to a hotel, call ahead first to make sure that your pets are welcome. Most hotels will forget their pet policies during a time of crisis.
Coordinate with your shelter to make sure that there is room for you and your pets. If you belong to a pet club, contact members outside the effected area to coordinate shelter and transportation for those in need.
Be prepared by keeping copies of your pets licenses, vaccination documents and health records in a plastic zip lock bag or a water proof container, in case you need it in an area that is far from your vet. Ask your vet to supply you with a copy of all records of your pets so that you can maintain these records at your home.
Have a bag pre-packed just for this emergency. Your pet should wear a collar with its rabies tag and identification at all times. Pack a back up leash, collar and ID tags. It is a good idea to have your pet micro chipped along with registration in a pet recovery service. Include the following items in a pre-packed bag: Your pet's health records, food and water bowls, food and water for one week, a gallon of spring water, a portable crate/carrier, pet bedding and a leash. Be sure to rotate the food and water so you will always have the freshest food and water for your pet.
Remember that we are not professional doctors, and that you should always read instructions and talk to your vet about what is best for your pets.
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Johnny & Connie