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Natural Disasters And Your Pets

Natural disasters can occur at any moment and can cause great damage to many lives. Many people have emergency plans in place just in case something goes wrong. But what about your pets? Do you have a plan in place for taking care of your animals in emergency situations? Your local veterinarian or veterinary technician can provide you with the information so your pets stay safe.

What To Do In An Emergency

Many veterinary practices follow the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) disaster preparedness guide for times of emergency. The guide has informative and helpful information for pet owners so they can prevent their pets from becoming hurt or lost. The AVMA recommends pet owners use the following tips in order to keep their loved ones safe.

  • Do not wait until it is too late. Many people must leave their homes for emergency situations and do not think about how long they will be gone. Make sure to take your pets with you. It could be weeks or months before you can return to your home.
  • Prepare a disaster plan beforehand so you are prepared in case of an emergency. Make sure everyone in the family knows the plan as well. It is also helpful to practice the plan in advance so everyone knows their roles and responsibilities.
  • Have identification on your animals. If you are separated from your pets, this can help you reunite with them later.
  • Prepare an evacuation kit for your animals that includes enough food and water for 2-weeks. It should also have any medications, leashes, muzzles, toys and a blanket.

It is always best to check with your veterinarian or veterinary technician in order to ensure you are well prepared in cases of emergencies. They can provide you with the necessary information so you do not have to leave behind your pet in disaster situations.

Sources:
The American Veterinary Medical Association, Disaster Guide - http://www.avma.org/disaster/default.asp#responseguide
The American Veterinary Medical Association, Saving Family Brochure - http://www.avma.org/disaster/saving_family_brochure.pdf     


 
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