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While it’s important to have disaster preparedness plans in place for our human family members, it’s just as necessary to have emergency plans in place for pets as well. Because emergencies and disasters strike when we least expect them to, it’s important to develop these plans ahead of time and to always be prepared. Below are some of the most important aspects of a disaster preparedness plan for pets.
During an emergency, it is very important that you do not leave your pets behind. If you are unable to bring your pet with you during an evacuation, contact your veterinarian ahead of time for a list of boarding kennels and other facilities that will care for pets during emergencies. If you intend to bring your pets with you in the case of an evacuation, identify lodging options ahead of time that allow pets. You can search for hotels that allow pets with sites such as Pet Friendly Hotels and PetsWelcome. Another option is to identify friends or family members who would be willing to house you and your pet in the case of an emergency.
Preparing for disaster with your pets should include making a disaster kit. Some of the most common pet-related items pet parents include in their disaster kits are listed below:
Because not all emergencies require evacuation, sometimes the best option in caring for your pet during an emergency is to designate a temporary caregiver. This person should be a friend or family member that is already familiar and comfortable with your pet. Make sure to arrange this relationship well in advance of any emergencies so the caregiver can be prepared to house and care for your pet if disaster strikes.
Emergencies can be scary and overwhelming, but when you have a disaster preparedness plan in place, you and your pets will be able to face disaster with confidence. If you have any questions about how to prepare for disaster with pets, reach out to us at 1-800-700-VETS.