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Preparing for Emergencies.



It is hoped you and your pet will never face an accidental, man made, or natural disaster. To be safe, however, it is wise to be prepared for any emergency. For emergencies requiring first aid for your pet, it is a good idea to have our pet’s medical information and veterinarian’s contact information available. This includes medical records, your veterinary’s name and phone number, name and location(s) of nearest vet hospital(s), poison control service and local shelter information.



One of the most important factors in being prepared for a first aid emergency is to know your vet's hours and whom you can contact when they are closed. Vet hospitals may give 24-hour care, but most veterinary offices don't. Receiving immediate vet care may be critical. Having a first aid kit for your pet is also helpful. This kit can include gauze for wounds, a fabric tie that can be used as a muzzle, a blanket or board that can be used to carry your pet, scissors, eyewash, and an antiseptic. Contact your vet immediately in cases of emergency. Do not go online for information. You may be wasting precious time. With proper preparation difficult situations can be made easier, additional problems can be averted, and you and your pet will hopefully stay safe and secure.



For emergencies involving the entire family different considerations need to be addressed. Natural or manmade emergencies such as floods or hurricanes may make it necessary for you to evacuate your home. Your pet will need to be cared for too. Though there are some exceptions, most shelters set up for people in these situations don't allow pets.



Consider in advance where you can take your pet. Leaving a pet in an evacuated home is not recommended. They could be at great risk. They can be trapped without food and water in an unsafe situation. Animal shelters will likely be crowded, consider family or friends in the area that may be able to help. Also, talk to your vet to see if they can provide alternate shelter or suggestions for shelter. Having tags and/or microchip id is important in case of accidental separation. Also, having a picture of your pet can help if it gets is lost.

 

 


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