September is National Preparedness Month and we thought it was a great time to remind pet parents about the importance of being prepared for all family members, even our fur babies. It’s crucial to plan for a crisis when you are not currently experiencing one! Consider taking a few minutes this fall to plan for hurricane season, winter weather, unexpected illness, or any other emergency that might come your way. Your pets will thank you!
- Always microchip your pet. Take the opportunity every year to check the information in the microchip system to account for any changes in address, phone number, etc.
- Arrange with your family veterinarian to refill food or medication ahead of anticipated storms to ensure you have adequate supply.
- Acquire a pet first aid kit. Create a DIY one with these instructions or purchase a prepacked one online.
- Build a network of pet care professionals in case of an emergency – include an urgent care, emergency hospital, and pet boarding facility that you know and trust. Emergencies aren’t always large-scale events; they can also be unexpected hospital stays or last-minute trips that are not planned for.
- Create a bug out bag. If you need to quickly evacuate your home, make sure you have a bag of necessary pet supplies. Top items from the American Red Cross include a leash/harness or carrier, food and water supply, medication, a can opener (if needed), bowls, litter pan, medical records in a waterproof bag, and a picture of your pet in case they get lost.