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Disaster Preparation for Pets

Did you know that there have been 86 earthquakes in our local area since 1931? While we all certainly hope that no natural disasters strike our area, we always urge our customers to be prepared, just in case. It’s much better to be safe than sorry! In this article, a local Cameron Park, CA veterinarian offers disaster preparation tips for pet owners.

Research Shelters

Do some research, and find out in advance what local emergency shelters allow pets. Make a list of those within an hour’s drive in each direction. It’s also a good idea to find several alternative options, such as friends and family members, and pet-friendly hotels.

Stay Current On Shots/Preventative Care

Always stay up to date on your pet’s vaccines. In case of an emergency, many shelters will require proof of vaccinations before allowing your pet in. You don’t want to realize at the last minute that your furry friend is overdue for necessary shots!

Make A Plan

Having an evacuation plan is very important. Talk to your family members, and make sure everyone is on the same page as far as what to do in an emergency. If you have multiple pets, assign one pet to each person to help eliminate confusion.

Identification

Microchipping is one of the best things you can do to keep your beloved pet safe in an emergency. Remember to keep your contact records up to date in the company database. Also, make sure your pet’s collar has sturdy, legible ID tags, and that the contact information is current. We recommend attaching waterproof ID tags to your pet’s carrier as well.

Get An Evacuation Kit Ready

Take time now to prepare an evacuation kit for your pet. The kit should contain food; dishes; bedding; a leash and collar; medications; a comfortable blanket; and a few toys. Put copies of your pet’s vaccination records and registration inside a sealed plastic bag, and include that as well. Additionally, we recommend including a flyer with important information about your pet, such as medications and any health or behavioral issues, along with clear photos of your pet. To make things easier in the event of an emergency, keep the kit right beside your pet’s carrier.

Do you have any questions about your pet’s health, care, or behavior? Contact us, your Cameron Park, CA, vet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs.

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