Include copies of your pet’s major medical and vaccination records, so that anyone treating the animal is aware of special needs and medication contraindications. âIf you have to evacuate during a disaster, the veterinary clinics probably won’t be open, and if you move to another area, there will be some delay before this prescription can be renewed,â says Rickey.
In that sense, make sure vaccinations are up to date, even for indoor cats, as they can get lost during a storm, advises Lauren Vaughan, a veterinarian in West Hollywood, Calif.
Vaughan also recommends having a printed photo of the animal handy, in case your phone battery drains without a way to recharge it. Also include a photo you are on, as further proof that you are the owner of the animal.
Also bring portable litter, pee pads, and poop bags. An additional collar, harness or leash can also help. You will also want to bring the pet’s bedding, carrier, and crate. And to reduce the animal’s inevitable stress during the commotion, pack up his favorite toy.
Choose a designated caregiver
Choose a close relative or a trusted friend who can look after your pet in the event of disability or death. Many pet parents put their wishes in writing.
“We have specified in a ‘letter of greetings’ which goes hand in hand with our will what will happen to our cats and the money that will accompany them for their care,” said Glynis Gibson, 57, animal advocate and owner. of a Chicago. public relations firm.
Find pet-friendly trips
Never leave a pet behind. Before an impending natural disaster, find hotels along your evacuation route that are pet friendly. The ASPCA recommends that you regularly check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for travel restrictions and quarantine requirements.
Choose a safe room at home
If you must squat in your home during a hurricane or tornado, choose a room, if possible, without windows, glass, or objects that could fly, perhaps a basement, bathroom, or walk-in closet. . Choose higher ground in the event of a flood. Keep a crate in this safe room.
Put a “save our pet” alert sticker on your door
This alerts firefighters and first responders that you have pets in the house.
Tag and tag your pet
Your pet should comfortably wear a collar, harness and ID tag with your up-to-date contact details. “The collars come off and the tags come off the collars,” says Cathy Brooks, owner of the Hydrant Club in Las Vegas, which she describes as an educational institution that helps dogs have better relationships with their humans. Brooks favors necklaces on which a phone number is embroidered or on which a metal backing is affixed with the data. Make sure the collar and tag are worn inside if you have to leave in a hurry.
Experts strongly recommend the Fido or Fluffy microchip. The microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and are implanted by a veterinarian under the skin at the shoulder. The procedure is safe and can be inexpensive. Microchips contain a number or code unique to your pet, linked to information about you and the animal in a secure database through the company or organization where you register the chip. electronic. Registration can be paid annually or free. Shelters and vets have special scanners to read the microchip, which can help you find a lost pet. Make sure the information is kept up to date.
While pet insurance doesn’t have to be cheap, it can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars if your pet needs urgent medical attention. The decision to treat a serious injury doesn’t have to be all about the money.
Strengthen recall training
You can’t explain natural disasters or the need to evacuate a dog or cat, which is why Vaughan vet says she is passionate about âboosterâ training methods if your pet gets lost. Using treats and positive reinforcement, the idea is to make sure your pet will come to you when you summon them. Such training can even include recordings of alarm sounds or emergency vehicles.
If your pet is lost
Despite the best precautions, pets can go missing in a disaster. Contact shelters, veterinary offices and Facebook groups for lost animals. âSocial media is becoming a really powerful tool,â says Brooks. The promising result is a happy reunion forever.