Being caught unprepared during an emergency can feel overwhelming, especially if you have pets.
 
That's why it's handy to have an action plan and checklist that you can put into place at a moment's notice.
 
Here are some actions that will go a long way in keeping your pet safe and sound during an emergency. 
 
1. Prepare a pet emergency go-kit
Putting together an emergency go-kit will ensure your pet has everything it needs if you have to rush off unexpectedly, or need to evacuate the house suddenly for some reason. Your pet emergency go-kit should include first aid supplies and guide book; 3-day supply (minimum) of pet food in a waterproof container and bottled water; a safety harness and leash; proof of ownership and recent vaccinations; medications and medical records; and an emergency contact list, including vet and nearby shelters. Don't forget to evaluate your go-kit at least once a year and replace any expired goods or update inaccurate information.
 
2. Update pet tag and microchip information
Most pet owners have equipped their animal with some sort of identification - a collar tag or microchip, for example. Unfortunately, many of us forget to update the information once we move or change our phone numbers. Ensure someone will be able to contact you should your pet be lost and found during an emergency.
 
3. Know where to search for lost animals
Often pets lost during emergencies end up at local animal shelters. Have the names, numbers and addresses of shelters in your area ready in case you need to call or pay one of those shelters a visit in order to search for your missing pet.
 
4. Keep a picture of your pet handy
Having a recent picture of your pet in a purse or phone can help in the event of a separation, or if they get lost.
 
5. ‘Buddy up’ with a pet-friendly neighbour
Nearby neighbours, friends and family are the perfect support system during an emergency and may even be able to look after your pet if you’re called away suddenly and don’t know when you’ll be able to return.
 
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