May I always be the kind of person my pets think I am
It's never too late to MICROCHIP your dog or cat at ANY age. An especially wise idea with present unexpected acts of nature, and man. The odds of a lost pet never being returned to you is far greater than one would assume... a high 90%! This microchip is not expensive and there is no anesthetic... just a simple injection between your pet's shoulder blades. Every shelter and rescue group have scanners to identify a lost and found pet.
PLAN AHEAD! Should EVACUATION be necessary, always the safest place for your pets is WITH YOU! Keep in mind that Red Cross Shelters will not accept pets other than Service Animals who assist people with disabilities. Do your research ahead of time to prepare a list of pet-friendly lodging and policies. If there is advance notice of an impending disaster, call ahead for reservations. Also prepare a list of preferred boarding facilities.
In the event you are not home when disaster may strike, always have an Emergency Pet Decal on your front door or window indicating how many pets are inside needing to be saved. I provide these decals to my new clients, which could be life-saving for your pets even on a daily basis if something were to happen while you are simply away from home.
In evacuating, make the process easier by placing all of your pets and carriers into one common area, so should one of them freak-out, the others can't dart. Have a plan to gather the most savvy kitty first, and down the line. Unless elderly or ill, dogs are normally willing to get in a vehicle on their own to be with you. Since you will be hurrying, have a list visible of what you need to grab and where, for both you and your pets, including a couple of empty plastic crates.
I keep handy a folder containing information on each pet, to include:
Also ready is a large covered plastic bin filled with pet supplies:
Simple Pet First-Aid Kit to be ready at a moment's notice:
* 24-hour nearest vet clinic phone number and address
* Tweezers to remove ticks, burrs & splinters
* Disinfectant & antibiotic ointment for wounds
* Gauze bandage & bandage tape
* Heavy towel or blanket to use as stretcher
* Benadryl for allergic reactions
* Sterile saline for flushing eyes
* Disposable latex gloves
* Muzzle, leash & collar, carrier for transporting
Hopefully none of the above will ever be needed, but if so I'm prepared! ARE YOU?