June is National Pet Preparedness Month. In light of the recent tornado devastation in Oklahoma, we want to offer some tips for being prepared for a natural disaster emergency.
Tornados are hard to predict, but you can still do your best to prepare for the aftermath of them and other natural disasters.
You should always have a first aid kit prepared for your pet. This can be included with your pet preparedness kit. Here is a list of other items you will want to include:
-Your pet’s food and treats
-An extra leash and collar and/or carrier
-Toys, treats, blanket
-A photo of your pet with your pet’s name on it
-Vet records including list of medications, vaccination history, known reactions, Microchip information
-Emergency contact numbers such as: your regular veterinarian, emergency veterinarian, ASPCA, American Red Cross
-For cats: Litter box and litter, For dogs: sanitation bags
There are other ways you can prepare ahead of time for a natural disaster.
1. Have your pet microchipped. Although collars are good to easily identify that a pet belongs to someone, they can fall off. If your pet is separated from you, a microchip is the best way to help them be reunited with you.
2. Make plans ahead of time. If you prepare early, you can make arrangements for your pet to stay with family, friends or emergency boarding facilities.
3. Have an evacuation plan. Know ahead of time if there is somewhere you can go with your pet if you want to stay together.
After a disaster pets may be disoriented and confused. It is possible for them to show some signs of aggression just from being frightened. Comfort your pet. Try to make the environment as stable as possible. Offer food and water and give them items like toys or treats that have a familiar scent. Keeping your pet on a leash or in a carrier is best for their safety. If a pet is let loose they could become injured from debris or sick from toxins.
We can’t predict when or how severe a natural disaster may be, but we can prepare as much as possible to keep our pets safe.