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With Irma potentially heading towards our area, we wanted to share some tips on Hurricane Preparedness for Pets. 

Below you will find a check list of emergency supplies for pet traveling kits.  We have also attached a few sites that we found hopeful with good information.  Use as you see necessary:

https://www.fema.gov/helping-pets

https://www.ready.gov/animals

https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/disaster-preparedness

https://www.cdc.gov/features/petsanddisasters/index.html

Emergency Supplies and Pet Traveling Kits

Keep an Evac-Pack and supplies handy for your pets. Make sure that everyone in the family knows where it is. This kit should be clearly labeled and easy to carry. 

Items to consider keeping in or near your pack include:

  • Water, water & more water

o   at least 7 days' worth of bottled water for each person and pet

  • Food
    • Enough food for at least a week if not longer

o   Store in water tight containers

o   Only use canned food if desperate

o   Remember: Changing diets leads to diarrhea and dehydration

  • Proper Transport

o   A traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier, ideally one for each pet

·        Pet first-aid kit and guide book (ask your vet what to include, or visit the ASPCA Store to buy one online) 

·        Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are work great)

·        Litter or paper toweling

·        Liquid dish soap and disinfectant

·        Disposable garbage bags for clean-up

·        Pet feeding dishes

·        Extra harness and leash (Note: harnesses are recommended for safety and security)

·        Photocopies of medical records and a waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires

o   Remember: Food and medications need to be rotated out of your emergencykit—otherwise they may go bad or become useless 

·        Flashlight

·        Blanket (for scooping up a fearful pet

·        Recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated and need to make "Lost" posters)

·        Especially for cats: Pillowcase or EvackSack, toys, scoopable litter

·        Especially for dogs: Long leash and yard stake, toys and chew toys, a week's worth of cage liner

·        You should also have an emergency kit for the human members of the family. Items to include: Batteries, duct tape, flashlight, radio, multi-tool, tarp, rope, permanent marker, spray paint, baby wipes, protective clothing and footwear, extra cash, rescue whistle, important phone numbers, extra medication and copies of medical and insurance information.

Make sure your pets are microchipped and up to date on vaccinations.  

Unfortunately, these types of disasters don’t always give us much advanced notice to prepare; therefore, the need to consider various emergency disaster scenarios/contingencies and have a plan and resources on short notice is important. 

We at Barrow Veterinary Hospital hope you and your pets will all stay safe and sound during this storm. Please contact us if you have any questions or if there is anyway we can assist you.

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