This week is Emergency Preparedness Week! To help you prepare for an emergency with your pets, here are some helpful tips.
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Emergency Preparedness kit
Help protect your family, including your pet in the event of a disaster by having an emergency kit readily available.
Keep your pet’s kit with your family’s emergency survival kit for quick and easy access (preferably on the top shelf of a closet near your front door, away from the reach of small children). Some things to include are:
72 hour supply of food, bowls, and can opener
- 72 hour supply of bottled water
- Blankets/towels (more than one in case they get soiled)
- Small toy
- Leash, muzzle, harness
- Litter pan, litter, plastic bags and scooper
- Pet carrier for transportation
- Medical records, especially proof of vaccinations (most boarding facilities will not accept pets without proof of current vaccination records)
- Medications and pet first aid kit
- Current photo of your pet in case he gets lost
- Information on your pet’s feeding schedule behavioural/medical concerns, and special instructions in case you have to board your pet
- List of boarding facilities in your area, hotels/motels that accept pets and friends and relatives that you and your pet can stay with (pets are generally not allowed inside emergency shelters designated for people, with the exception of service animals such as guide dogs.
- ID tag (microchipping is also recommended)
- Check the kit twice a year (an easy way to remember is to do it when you check your smoke alarms bi-annually) to ensure freshness of food, water, and medication, and to restock any supplies you may have “borrowed” from it.
For more information on pet emergency preparedness, please visit www.ontariospca.ca/ep.