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May 23, 2013

Disaster preparedness for your pet

by DePaolo Equine Concepts

In the wake of the Oklahoma tornado, we wanted to share a previous blog post again about disaster preparedness.  Below are some tips for before, during and after a natural disaster.  Before nature strikes, make sure you are prepared for both you and your pet.

Pet’s First Aid Kit:

  • Phone number and address to Veterinarian, Emergency Pet Hospital and Poison Control
  • Basic pet first-aid book
  • Current photo of your pet (preferably with you in it for identification purposes)
  • Photocopies of pet’s papers, medical records, vaccinations, microchip #, etc.
  • Medical gloves
  • Scissors
  • Bottled water
  • Mild antibacterial soap
  • Paper towels
  • Gauze – both roll and pads.  The roll can be used as a temporary muzzle if necessary.
  • Alcohol pads – to be used on equipment NOT animal
  • Vet wrap – this is a stretchy bandage wrap to go over gauze or cotton
  • A large towel or blanket
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Saline eyewash – this can be used to clean eyes and flush out wounds
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Cotton swabs
  • Tweezers
  • 3-5 days worth of food and water and any medications your animals take daily.  Also pack bowls and a can opener if necessary.
  • Other items: poop bags, extra halter, leash and harness

During a disaster:

  • Bring your pet inside well in advance of a storm if you have warning
  • Never leave your pet chained outside
  • Never tranquilize your pet.  It will inhibit their natural survival instincts they need to escape potential danger
  • Have your emergency kit at hand

After a disaster:

  • Re-orient your pet to their home slowly.  They can become disoriented if familiar landmarks and scents are gone or altered.
  • Be aware of downed power lines, hazardous debris or broken fences
  • Don’t allow your pet to drink water or eat food that could potentially be contaminated with waste or bacteria
  • Monitor your pets behavior closely as this is as stressful for them as it is for you
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