Monday, September 23, 2013

Be Ready, Just In Case…..

You should see Angie's truck.  There is everything I could ever need in there, just in case...extra leashes, collars, toys, treats, water, bowls, dog shampoo, towels and a collapsible kennel. It is important to be prepared, because if something happened, like a hurricane, there might not be time to get everything together.  Here are some good ideas about getting ready, just in case.....

Pet Emergency Supply Kit

  1. Pet Identification (collar and tags and/or microchip number).  Be sure to keep your pet’s information updated with your current phone number, cell phone number, and address. 
  2. Current photo of your pet in case you are separated.
  3. First aid supplies. 
  4. Three day supply of cat or dog food in a waterproof container.  Be sure to replace food frequently to maintain its freshness.
  5. Three day supply of bottled water.  For a small dog or cat (< 20 lbs), you would need ½ gallon.  For a larger dog (60 lbs), you would need 1 ½ gallons.  Additional water may be needed if you live in a hot climate.
  6. Leashes and/or carriers.
  7. Waste clean-up supplies (litterbox, litter, plastic bags).
  8. Keep medications in a central location for easy retrieval.  Keep a copy of your pet’s medical records/vaccination history in a waterproof container.
  9. Contact list with your veterinarian’s information, as well as pet-friendly shelters or hotels in case you need to leave your location and evacuate.
  10. Display a pet rescue decal on your front door to let first responders know there is a dog or cat in the home.
Thanks to Alexis Willingham, DVM, at Prosper Trail Animal Hospital for these great preparedness tips!

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