I will be the first to admit that I am an overly anxious person. If I think that something bad could happen — I’m going to be prepared for it, because heaven knows, failing to prepare is preparing to fail. In fact, yesterday we had a tsunami warning that practically sent me into a tailspin. In any case, September is National Preparedness Month. Yep, a whole month dedicating to prepping yourself in the case of a natural disaster or other big emergency! Sure, it’s easy to be prepared for yourself. You know where all your valuables are kept, important documents, change of clothes, etc. But in the heat of the rush — what about your furry friends?
Are You Prepared For An Emergency With Your Pet?
If you’re like me, your pets are your world. Most days, I’m putting Judy and Bill’s needs before my own, so it’s important to me that they are also prepared in the case of an emergency. To celebrate National Preparedness Month, Judy + Bill decided to put together a list of all the important steps you should take NOW so you’re ready if disaster strikes.
1. Locate pet friendly places in your area and have a list ready.
Even in the event of an emergency, some hotels and relief areas are unable to accommodate pets. GoPetFriendly.com is a great resource for checking out places in your area that accept animals.
2. Have pet medical records handy.
Let’s be honest, if you’re evacuating your house, there is a good chance you may not be able to return for a little while/things may get ruined. It’s smart to have your pet’s latest vaccinations on hand, especially if you need to seek medical attention for them at some point.
3. Food & water.
Have enough food and water packed and ready to go for at least one week. Judy knows where we keep her emergency supply and double checks on it in the closet from time to time. We keep 12 bottles of water and 5 pounds of food in her safety bag at all times.
Does your pet take daily medication? Don’t forget to pack those, too 🙂
5. Toys & Blankets.
A sense of familiarity will help your pet stress less when they’re unable to be in their normal surroundings. We keep Judy’s old puppy toys in her safety bag, along with a couple towels that have familiar scents on them!
Have you ever experienced an emergency with your pet? How did you react?
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