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article imageExpert Advises: Prepare Pets for Emergencies 2009

By Carol Forsloff     Jun 20, 2009 in Lifestyle
Recently the country has been experiencing severe tornados, rain and windstorms causing emergencies, and evacuations. But what do people do with their pets and how can folks prepare animals for disasters?
A veterinarian, Dr. Marjory Artzer, professor of clinical sciences at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, gives advice to pet owners to help plan for emergencies, especially if evacuations are necessary. Having enough pet food in easy to handle amounts is important. In addition the pet owner should have a leash, a pet carrier and any medications the pet may be taking.
Heartworm medications and flea and tick preventatives are also important. Bandages to cover wounds should be part of a kit to take for pet safety.
All pets should have safe means of transport as well as environmental temperature control. It’s important to have medical records on hand in the event a veterinarian service is needed at another time and place away from home. Pets should wear an ID tag on a collar or better yet microchipping.
Thousands of household pets died during Hurricane Katrina. This was an important lesson for pet owners to be properly prepared.
After a disaster, if you can’t find your pet, there are often places online that can help. One site for Hurricane Katrina victims and their animals is here, and they still work on helping people recover their animals from weather emergencies around the Louisiana coastline.
Having a plan in place as well as a way to locate a missing animal is important for finding beloved pets. The time to plan is now, as the storm season gets underway, while preparing for personal emergencies as well. The loss of a pet, as anyone who has gone through the experience can likely say, can be hurtful and the pain avoided with a good plan.
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