In the Face of Hurricane Sandy, Don’t Forget Your Pets in Your Planning

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In Preparation For Hurricane Sandy, Brush Up on Disaster Preparedness Tips

As Hurricane Sandy moves up the East Coast, many of us are taking extra precautions for what may play out over the next few days. Stocking up on extra food, water, and supplies is a good idea, but don’t forget to prepare for your pets during the storm as well.

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) has a list of helpful tips:

  • Should you have to evacuate, take your pets with you, 
  • All pets should have a collar and tag or be identifiable through an up-to-date microchip or tattoo,
  • Have an ample supply of food, bottled water and any medications,
  • Keep a photo of your pet(s) and a physical description in case they become lost. 

Here are additional items to have on hand should you face an evacuation order:

  • A leash, collar and/or harness for each pet,
  • A collapsible cage for each pet that includes owner identification and proper bedding,
  • A litter pan for cats along with a scoop,
  • Food, water, medications and feeding bowls,
  • Veterinary records,
  • First aid kit,
  • And don’t forget a can opener.

Pet owners should pre-identify an evacuation meeting site and can use www.myveterinarian.com to find veterinary medical and boarding services that may be necessary in an emergency.

Additional disaster preparedness tips for pet owners can be found on the Pennsylvania State Animal Response (PaSART) website at http://www.pasart.us/pasartPage.aspx?id=73.

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