Have a disaster plan prepared for your family? What about your furry-friend? In the case of an emergency, it’s best to be prepared to ensure the safety of your pet. Remember to never leave your pet behind if evacuation is required! They may be lost, injured, or worse. Follow these tips for the safe evacuation of your pet:
· Coordinate with neighbors- create a buddy-system with a trusted neighbor. If one of you isn’t home at the time of an emergency, have a plan in place where the other can help evacuate your pets.
· Know your shelter- Some shelters do not accept animals. If you are evacuating with pets, make sure you know of a shelter that will accept pets. You can also plan to stay at a pet-friendly hotel or with a friend or relative. Keep a list of available options in your disaster kit.
· Know where to seek medical help- Keep a list of available veterinarians with contact information in the area that you plan to evacuate to.
· Always microchip- Keep your pet microchipped in case of separation. Make sure that all of your contact information is up-to-date.
· Make sure to have insurance for your pet’s health- In case of an accident or illness, having a pet insurance policy will help you avoid costly veterinarian bills.
· Explore boarding your pet- If you are unable to return home in a timely manner, you may have to look at boarding your pet. Keep a list of available pet-boarders in your planned evacuation area.
· Bring medical records- Most veterinarians, boarding facilities, and shelters will need your pet’s medical records to confirm that vaccinations are up-to-date.
Contact C.T. Lowndes today to learn more about a pet insurance policy that will give you and your furry-friend peace of mind!