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You Need a Plan That Includes Your Dog: 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!
Remember all the images and stories of pets left behind to “fend for themselves” in the wake of Hurricane Katrina? Absolutely devastating and heartbreaking. Medically speaking it was a disaster that is still affecting some families.
Make_a_Plan_to_Protect_your_Pets_During_Natural_Disasters_Emergency_Preparedness_for_Cats_and_Dogs-Image-3So, to improve your entire family’s odds of coming through a natural disaster or other large-scale emergency with as little distress and loss as possible, don’t forget to make a plan – and be sure that it includes your family pets, too.

To help you get started in your plans, check out these links:

Download   Emergency Preparedness   Guide

Of course, an emergency and disaster preparedness plan is a lot like insurance… you hope to never have to use it, but you'll be thankful you've got it should need the arise!

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

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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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