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    Being Pet Prepared in the Case of a Natural Disaster

    Only one-fifth of the 15,000+ animals stranded by Hurricane Katrina were ever reunited with their owners. That means that more than 12,000 pets never found their way back home following this devastating storm! This is the sad reality of natural disasters, but hopefully this article will inspire you to first develop a plan for your family and do a few important things to make sure your pets are taken care of as well.

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    Topics: Dog Safety, Cat Safety, Storms, Hurricanes, Disasters, Emergency, Tornadoes, Emergency Preparedness for Pets

    You Need a Plan That Includes Your Cat: Emergency and disaster planning for pets

    Do you know where you could go with your pets if you needed to evacuate?

    Do you know basic pet first aid? In short – do you have a plan for dealing with possible emergencies and disasters?

    Preparing for disasters doesn’t need to be a big deal.  After all, it’s often the “little things” that can make a big difference when the s*#t hits the proverbial fan. A little advanced planning and awareness can go an awful long way.

    Fortunately these tenets are no less true for the health and safety of our pets during disasters and other emergencies. But, since our pets don’t typically formulate their own emergency preparedness plans, it’s up to us to ensure that they’re accounted for in ours.

    Critical Points in Creating Your Plan

    1. Planning before an emergency hits helps you and your pets.
    2. There are resources to help you.
    3. A disaster plan doesn’t need to be complex.
    Including your pets in your disaster planning won’t only make their life easier in the event of an emergency or disaster; it’ll make yours easier, too. After all, you and the rest of your family can’t afford to spend precious time scrambling to find shelter for your pets at the last minute if you need to evacuate. You certainly don’t want to leave them behind! Read More

    Topics: Dog Safety, Cat Safety, Storms, Hurricanes, Disasters, Emergency, Tornadoes, Emergency Preparedness for Pets, Blog

    Photo Credit: Preventive Vet

    Please do not ask emergency or other specific medical questions about your pets in the blog comments. As an online informational resource, Preventive Vet is unable to and does not provide specific medical advice or counseling. A thorough physical exam, patient history, and an established veterinary-patient-client relationship is required to provide specific medical advice. If you are worried that your pet is having an emergency or if you have specific medical questions related to your pet’s current or chronic medical conditions, please contact or visit your veterinarian, an animal-specific poison control hotline, or your local emergency veterinary care center.

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