Hurricane season has begun and the unexpected can always happen. Being prepared ahead of time is essential during an emergency to be sure everyone - including your pets - is cared for. The American Kennel Club shares the following tips to keep your dog safe if disaster strikes.
- Gather emergency supplies. Put together an easily portable and waterproof tote with emergency supplies and provisions you can easily access from your home or grab-and-go if you need to evacuate. Fill waterproof containers with a week's supply of food, medications and drinking water. Also include a backup leash, collar and ID tag, as well as food and water bowls.
- Organize information. Make sure you have all necessary information written down and ready to go in case of an emergency. Have a photo and description of your pet, as well as any proof of ownership, veterinarian contact information, your pet's medical and/or insurance records and feeding schedule information. The AKC also recommends a permanent identification, such as a microchip, along with enrollment in a pet recovery service. Visit www.akcreunite.org to learn more about microchips.
- Be prepared. The safest place for your pet to be is with you. Be prepared to take your pets with you should there be an evacuation by having a sturdy, safe, comfortable crate or carrier ready for transporting. Make sure your pets are wearing collars with securely fastened, up-to-date information. Bring your pets inside so you won't have to search for them if you need to evacuate quickly.
- Evacuate. Do your best to take your pets with you. Most evacuations last only a few days, but often times you may not be able to return to your home quickly. If you plan to go to a hotel or shelter, call ahead to confirm your pet is welcome. You can download a Pet Emergency Planning Guide at www.akcreunite.org.
For more tips on dog ownership, visit the AKC at www.akc.org.(c)2020 American Kennel Club, Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.