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Pet Survival Information

Preparing for your pet's survival during an emergency deserves just as much consideration as your own. While you'll find you may not need as many supplies, the supplies you should have on hand and the preparations you make are important.

  1. To keep your pet safe during a time when you may not have access to a veterinarian means you need to keep their vaccinations and wellness visits current.

  2. If at all possible, have extra medications on hand. You will need to take these with you should you need to leave your home.

  3. Have extra food on hand. Dry food will keep longer, however, if you use canned food, be sure you have a non-electric means to open it. Be sure to take along a dish for feeding. And if you plan on keeping any pet food outside, a tightly sealed storage container will keep stray animals from getting into the bags.

  4. Gear for your pet might include leashes, harnesses, or muzzle for restraint if your pet is around unfamiliar people.

  5. General medical care includes flea and tick applications, and first aid for any injury.

  6. Water should also be planned for if you will not have running water available. Also remember to take along a means to give your pet a drink while traveling. You may want to have a portable water dish on hand, and then take another dish for leaving outside once you reach your destination.

  7. Shampoo and cleaners should be handy in case your pet needs cleaning up with something more than just a rinsing off.

  8. First aid should include anything your pet might need should he become injured, as well as any special gear he might be using or need.

  9. Shelter for your pet can either be inside with you if that is what they are used to or you may want to have a separate shelter outside, i.e., dog house, spare room, etc. where they can be kept. If your pet is used to being outside, you still need to think about what supplies you might need to keep them safe and comfortable should you experience extreme weather.

  10. For your pet's safety and yours, you should have a pet pet carrier for your pet. This will allow you to transport them easily, keep them safe while you are preparing your own shelter, and provide a secure space for them if they need to be kept from others or if they have become ill or injured and require isolation.

Just like humans, pets have their favorite toys, blankets, etc. - so when you are planning to move your pet from their secure home environment to an unfamiliar location, you might also want to take along some favorite toys and treats to help them make the transition easier.

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