- Current Identification - Make sure your pet’s identification is up to date. Is their collar tag current? Does the microchip company have your current information? Many pets survive a natural disaster but are not able to be reunited with their owner.
- Vaccine and Medical Records - Prepare a file with current vaccine and medical records. Include feeding and medication instructions, and recent pictures of your animals in case they are lost.
- Medication Supply – Make sure to always have a week or two of medication on hand. Don’t wait until it is close to running out. Remember to have an available ice pack and cooler for refrigerated medication
- Sedation - Does your pet require a sedative for travel? This often requested medication is often the first to run out during a crisis.
- Flea and Heartworm Treatments - Have extra flea and heartworm medication. Your house may not have fleas, but where you’re going might.
- Secure Kennel – Make sure to have a secure kennel to house your pet. Replace your kennel if the screws are not sturdy or the door doesn’t close properly. During the last hurricane, pet stores ran out of kennels. Some hotels are not willing to house pets without a kennel.
- Bottled Water and Extra Food - Don’t forget a can opener and spoons if your pet eats canned food. Rotate the food stock as needed.
- Plastic Bags - Keep extra plastic bags available to clean up and pack away pet waste. For cats, keep an extra bag of litter and a small litter pan available.
- Update information - yearly and make sure your supplies are fresh.
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