A PAWSITIVE PET CARE SOLUTION ~ Personal care when you can't be there
HEALTH & SAFETY Tips to help you help your pet
Because our pets enrich our lives in so many ways, we owe it to them to be fully prepared to care for them in the event of an emergency or disaster. Here we will help you by providing some tips to assist you with being prepared if a disaster or emergency should happen.
Be prepared in advance of any problem. Collect necessary information and prepare a disaster medical kit to take with you if you need to evacuate. Try to plan for several different potential problems such as hurricane, flooding, blizzards or even earthquake (Massachusetts has had them!).
Have a safe place you can take pets to until you can return home
Keep a list of pet friendly hotels/inns and their telephone numbers
Ask friends and relatives if they can assist you with providing shelter for you and your pet if a hotel/inn is not in your area.
Know where there are boarding facilities and 24 hour emergency medical facilities, keep their telephone numbers programmed in your cell phone
Find out about possible shelter for your pet through foster care ~ check with breed specific rescue groups to see if they may be able to help.
Put together an emergency supply kit ~ include medical records, first aid supplies, food and water for a minimum of 24 hours, leashes/muzzles or other restraints that you may need, toys and a manual can opener. This should get you through the first 24-48 hours safely in case you are unable to shop for your pet's needs.
Be sure your pets all have collars and tags-name/identification/tel #, rabies vaccination, vet office info and microchip id if they have one. Keep microchip registrations up to date, if your pet is lost, this could help safely return your pet to you sooner.
It's never easy to prepare for the unknown but you should try to be as best prepared as possible. Your pet's well being may depend on it.