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June Is National Pet Preparedness Month

June 1, 2022

As summer approaches, you and your four-legged friend are probably looking forward to spending more time outside, enjoying the sunny days. As glorious as summertime can be, it also comes with increased risks for severe weather, like wildfires, flooding, and tornadoes, just to name a few. 


National Pet Preparedness Month reminds us of the importance of being prepared for emergencies in the summer season and also throughout the year. And knowing what to do in cases of a natural disaster or emergency can help ensure you and your furry companion will have lots more years together. Read on as a vet talks about National Pet Preparedness Month and how to create an emergency plan for you and your pets. 


Being Prepared


Nowadays, not many areas in the U.S. are safe from severe storms, not to mention the earthquakes and flooding experienced along the coastal regions. Also, unexpected home emergencies, such as a sinkholes, a gas line explosion, and chemical spills, can turn everyday life into a harrowing experience. And if you’re forced to evacuate quickly, being able to reach your pets is important.


While it’s no doubt important to know what to do during emergencies year-round, National Pet Preparedness Month serves as a helpful reminder for you and your family to have an emergency plan in place for yourselves and also for your pets. 


Putting Together an Emergency Plan


A pet-friendly emergency plan should be flexible and thorough enough to accommodate a wide range of different situations. While no amount of planning can make you 100 percent ready for a disaster, having a solid plan in place will certainly work in you and your pet’s favor. 


Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you put together your pet-friendly emergency plan:


  • Have response plans – These will list the steps you need to take when responding to each type of emergency.
  • Stock up on emergency supplies – This includes a five-day supply of pet food and water, bowls, trash bags, leashes, as well as a pet first aid kit.
  • Identification – Make sure your pet’s tags and identification are updated at all times. This includes his name, rabies tag, and your mobile phone number.
  • Research animal-friendly evacuation shelters, and lodging options for your pets
  • List the possible scenarios – Take note of the types of natural and man-made disasters that can occur in your region so you can plan for each one.
  • Have pet carriers for each pet



If you want more information about National Pet Preparedness Month or need help putting together a pet-friendly emergency plan, please don’t hesitate to call us today.

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