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Protect Your Pet in any Emergency
Protect Your Pet in any Emergency


(Welcome to our weekly pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Emergency Preparedness Week, celebrated earlier this month, was a good time to think about preparing your family for emergencies of any kind, like a power outage, severe storm or hurricane. It's also important to remember the furry and feathered members of your family, too.

Here are some tips to help keep your pets safe:

ID your pet. If you become separated during an emergency, identification may be the only way to find them. Make sure each animal wears a collar and identification tag at all times. Better yet, have your pet microchipped.

Put together a pet emergency kit. Here are some things to include:

• A sturdy crate or carrier.

• A strong leash or harness.

• ID tag and collar.

• Food and water for at least 72 hours. 

• Bowls and can opener for food.

• Newspaper, paper towels, plastic bags, litter and/or litter box.

• Special medications, dosage, and veterinarian's contact information.

• Pet file (including recent photos of the animal, your emergency numbers, contact information for friends who could house your pet, copies of any licenses, and vaccination records).

• A pet first-aid kit.

• Blanket and toy.

Plan for evacuations. The best way to protect your pet in an emergency is to bring it with you, however, most evacuation shelters will only accept service animals. Make a list of where your pet can be taken, such as:

• Hotels

• Boarding centers and animal shelters

• Animal clinics

• Family members and friends

Keep your pet inside during severe weather. Animals are sensitive to sudden changes in temperature and often isolate themselves when scared. Never leave a pet outside or tethered during a storm.

Separate cats and dogs. Keep smaller pets such as hamsters away from larger animals. Stress can lead to unusual behavior.

Keep newspaper inside for hygiene purposes and feed your pet wet food in order to reduce the amount of water it may need.

If ordered to evacuate, take your pet with you. If you must leave your pets in the house, do not tether or cage them. Leave a sign in the window and a note on the door indicating what animals are inside. Provide water and food, and leave toilet seats up.

More information on emergency preparedness is available at www.GetPrepared.ca.

— News Canada

(For more information on pets and animal adoption, please visit www.petconnectionprogramsinc.com. Or, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PetConnectionProgramsinc. Located in Marilla, N.Y., Pet Connection Programs Inc. is a nonprofit maternity and special care shelter founded in 1984.)




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