June is National Pet Preparedness Month

As people, we have at least general plans for how to prepare for unexpected events. Hear the tornado sirens? Get everybody to the basement or an interior room with protection for your heads and a phone or radio to let you know when the danger has passed. Suspected blizzard? Make sure you've got enough food and water in the house in case you won't be able to get out. While we may think and assume that our pets are part of those plans, are they really? ready.gov has prepared some useful tips for make sure your pets are included in your preparedness plans as well.

Emergency Kit

It's a good idea to either have a small bag set aside or have a list of these items that you can quickly grab if needed. Some things to include in your pets' emergency kit are:

  • Several days' supply of sealed food and water, as well as bowls

  • Several days of any regular medication your pet takes

  • Back up leash and collar with identification

  • Copies of records (physical or electronic)

  • Familiar items - bedding, toys, treats, etc.

  • A photo of you and your pet for identification purposes

Seasonal Tips

When it's hot:

  • Never leave pets in the car, even with the windows down

  • Make sure your pet has access to plenty of water

  • Make sure there's shade if your pet is going to be outdoors a lot

  • Avoid exercising on extremely hot days

  • Test the sidewalk - if it's too hot for your hand, it's too hot for your pet

When it's cold:

  • If you're cold, your pets are cold

  • Wipe your dog's paws - ice melting chemicals can make them sick

  • Make sure your pet doesn't have access to antifreeze - to them it tastes sweet

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