Ensuring Pet Safety During Natural Disasters: 5 Tips
In light of the recent and upcoming hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Pet Eternal wanted to share information on keeping your pets safe. Often, pet owners find themselves in panicked situations as they work to prepare their families for shelter or evacuations. We understand that pet safety during natural disasters can be challenging, but it is well-worth early preparations. Staying ahead of the curve with a few preparations can bring you comfort in times of great strife:
Have Your Pet Microchipped
One of the most important things that you can do before a disaster strikes is microchipping your pets. Veterinarians and shelters can scan these small devices located under the skin of your pet. This scan brings up information about their owners, including address and phone number. This can be a lifesaver in case of your pet escaping during the storm. Pet safety during natural disasters can be easier if you’ve already ensured that you and your pet can be identified on the other side of the event.
Keep Up with Vaccinations
According to FEMA, it is a law that animal shelters must provide a shelter for animals before, during, and after a natural disaster. The only stipulation is that the pet is vaccinated. If you are behind on your pets vaccinations, it is recommended that you get them up-to-date.
Digitize Medical Records
If you choose to wait out a natural disaster, it is highly recommended that you digitize all family and pet medical records in case of water damage or other destruction. Opt for the cloud or Google Drive, instead of hardware such as USB drives. These could be destroyed during the event, but your digital databases will not be.
Keep an Emergency Kit
Just as you would prepare an emergency kit for your family, it is equally important to prepare one for your pet. Inside, include at least 2 weeks worth of food and water for your pet, as well as any medications. Prepare your evacuation carriers by marking them clearly with your name and contact information. All carriers should be large enough to accommodate your pet, 2 bowls, and a litter pan for felines. Make sure that pets are comfortable with these carriers by practicing evacuation procedures and including familiar toys and blankets. Pets can become unpredictable during stressful events, so keeping them calm is a priority.
Pet Eternal hopes that you and your family remain safe in the wake of the recent hurricanes.