Your dog or cat can’t plan ahead for themselves which is why you should include the welfare of all your pets in your family disaster plan. If the recent events with the pandemic have taught us anything it is hope for the best and be prepared for the worse. CanEVA Health Corp. would like to share some tips to make sure your pets are as prepared as your family.
- Make sure your pet has an up to date information tag on its collar including your contact information. Microchipping is an effective, secure way to make sure your pet makes it back home if lost
- Keep a record of vaccinations, feeding schedules, health problems and vet contacts with your important papers in a waterproof bag
- A printed picture of your pet is also a good addition to the paper records
- Keep enough kibble, wet food, medications, supplements and bottled water for at least 10 days
- Make sure you have enough cat litter, litter box and scoop with extra bags
- If you have a crate or portable carrier make sure it is handy and your pet is comfortable and familiar with the crate.
If you need to evacuate or shelter in place make sure you have the right carrier for the right species. Don’t forget your pet birds, reptiles or fish. Plan ahead.
A sign by your entrance ways indicating there is a pet in your house is a great way to let first responders and emergency personnel know there is an animal in your house. You can find these signs at local shelters, some vet clinics and online.
If you are fortunate enough to be surrounded by larger animals such as horses, cattle, sheep, goats or pigs there should also plan for these animals by, ensuring all animals have some form of identification, evacuating animals whenever possible, making sure vehicles and trailers for transporting animals as well as experienced handlers and drivers are available.