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Disaster Preparation for Pets

No one likes to think about the possibility of a disaster striking their home, but every year hurricanes, tornados, wildfires, earthquakes, and other natural disaster destroy homes. While we truly hope that all of our clients and their pets remain safe and sound, we do always urge taking proper precautions, just in case. Below, a Riverside County, CA veterinarian offers some helpful tips on preparing for the worst.

Paperwork

Make sure to keep your furbabies current on all shots or vaccines. This is extremely important for several reasons. For one thing, if you have to go to an emergency shelter, most of the ones that allow pets require paperwork. Also, in a hectic situation, your pet could have an encounter with an unvaccinated animal. If your furbaby isn’t up to date on his shots, this could put his life at risk! Keep copies in your car and with your pet carrier, and email scanned copies to yourself.

Training

Make sure your dog knows and obeys the commands to Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. We also recommend crate training your pup. If you need to evacuate or stay in a shelter, Fido will be much safer crated. This will be a lot easier on your canine pal if he already thinks of his crate as his own comfy, private den.

Pet Emergency Kit

Take time now to prepare a pet emergency kit, so you don’t have to waste precious time getting things together in an emergency. Include your furbaby’s food; a leash and collar; extra bowls; medications; toys and treats; and a comfy blanket. We also recommend keeping copies of your pet’s paperwork in a sealed plastic freezer bag.

ID

Proper ID can save your furbaby’s life! If your furry pal isn’t microchipped, we strongly urge you to see to this right away. You’ll also want to make sure your pet has current tags on his collar. Don’t forget to update your records in the microchip company’s database whenever you move or change contact information.

Fire Safety

Most firefighters will try to save pets if they can. To make this easier for them, include your pet’s information on your window stickers, including how many pets you have, what kind of animals they are, and where they like to hide.

Please contact us, your Riverside County, CA animal clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs.

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