The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Emergency Preparedness For Your Pet – Do You Know What To Do In A Disaster?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Emergency Preparedness For Your Pet – Do You Know What To Do In A Disaster?

Are your prepared? Do you know what to do with your pet in a disaster? In the world that we live in, we are constantly reminded to be prepared for emergencies.  Have you ever thought, what would happen to your pet in a disaster?

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), says to arrange a safe haven for your pets in the event of evacuation. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND. Remember, if it isn't safe for you, it isn't safe for your pets. They may become trapped or escape and be exposed to numerous life-threatening hazards. Note that not all Red Cross disaster shelters accept pets, so it is imperative that you have determined where you will bring your pets ahead of time.

The Federal Management  Agency (FEMA), says to take pet food, bottled water, medications, veterinary records, cat litter/pan, can opener, food dishes, first aid kit and other supplies with you in case they're not available later. Consider packing a "pet survival" kit  (Please take a look at the slideshow on the left showing these items), which could be easily deployed if disaster hits. Also, separate dogs and cats. Even if your dogs and cats normally get along, the anxiety of an emergency situation can cause pets to act irrationally. Keep small pets away from cats and dogs.

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