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Three Steps to Prepare Your Pets for a Disaster

Pet Disaster Preparedness

DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT THEM

Emergencies come in many forms, and may require anything from a brief absence from your home to permanent evacuation. It is always hard to imagine being involved in such a disaster.  But they do occur, everywhere and to everyone.  Here in Prescott the most common disasters are related to forest fires.  Today it sounds impossible with all of the rain, but in just a few short months we will be back into the fire season.  Being prepared can make a very stressful event, a little easier to cope with.  It does not need to be complicated and can be as easy as a few steps.

Step 1: Permanent identification – Microchipping

Microchipping your pet is one of the best ways to ensure that you and your pet are reunited if you are separated.  The most common time for pets to become lost are times of stress and unfamiliar circumstances.  If your pets have to be cared for by someone else during a disaster, it helps assure they are returned to you.  An important fact when microchipping is to always be sure to register your microchip. At Prescott Animal Hospital we take this very important step out of the clients hands, and register them for you.  Also, don’t forget we can microchip any pet from your kitty cat to your zebra.

Discounted Microchips

Help PAH safely return your pet, and make pet identification easier during a disaster situation.  During the Month of April, we are offering microchips for $25 and will donate all the proceeds to local disaster relief through Animal Disaster Services (ADS).

Step 2: Prepare Emergency Supplies and Travel Kits

If you must evacuate your home in a crisis, plan for worst-case scenario.  Even if you think you will only be gone for a day, assume that you may not be allowed to return for several weeks.  Many kits and supplies have been proposed.  You can get a comprehensive list from animaldisasterservices.com.  Your kit should include things like food, water, bowels, crates, leashes, toys, blankets and a favorite toy.

Step 3: Have a Pet Plan

A pet plan should include everything needed to keep your pets comfortable and help reduce stress and the possibility of your pet running away due to a strange situation.  Your pet plans should include things like how you will house and transport your pets, contact information for your veterinarian and any medications they may need, a resource list of friends and family with the means to keep your animals safe and knowledge of local rescue and sheltering groups such as Animal Disaster Services (ADS).

 

Kenneth C. Skinner, DVM
Prescott Animal Hospital