We all worry about our loved ones during an emergency, human and pets alike. We generally consider “disasters” as weather emergencies, wildfires, flooding. The current worries of COVID-19 are good reminders to be prepared to care for our pets during all emergencies, personal, local, regional.
Here are some key points to keep in mind, whether you have to evacuate due to a hurricane, fall ill with influenza, or break a leg:
- Identify a family member or friend who can care for pets if someone in the household becomes ill.
- Have crates, food and extra supplies on hand for quick movement of pets.
- Keep all animal vaccines up to date in the event boarding becomes necessary.
- Ensure all medications are documented with dosages and administering directions. Including the prescription from your veterinarian is also helpful.
- Pets should have identification: collar with ID tag and microchip (best practice is microchipping).
For information on creating a home disaster plan click here: https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/make-disaster-plan-your-pets