These are uncertain times. Make a plan for your pet now. If you get sick, who will care for your pet? Do you have enough pet supplies? Are your pet’s health records in order? We encourage pet owners to follow these key disaster preparedness guidelines at ALL times, but they’re especially important NOW:
- Identify a family member or friend who can care for your pets if you or someone in the household becomes ill.
- Have crates, food, and extra supplies on hand for quick movement of pets.
- Be sure all vaccines are up to date in the event boarding becomes necessary. Research potential boarding facilities to utilize in the event boarding your pet becomes necessary.
- Make sure you have proof of current vaccinations. If you do not have the paperwork, reach out to your veterinarian for a copy now (a copy of it on your phone would be acceptable proof). Failure to have proof of current vaccinations could result in your dog needing to be re-vaccinated.
- Ensure all medications are documented with dosages and administering directions. Including the prescription and the contact information for your veterinarian.
- Pets should have identification: collar with dog license and rabies tag, and an ID tag with owner contact information. Information can also be placed on the pet’s cage depending on the type of pet.
- If your pet has one, make sure your pet’s microchip registration is up to date.
- Put a list of pets in the home on your front door for emergency responders. Include a description of each animal, location in home or on the property, and any other pertinent information specific to each animal.
By creating a preparedness plan ahead of time for the unlikely event it becomes necessary to put into motion, you can do your part to ensure that your pets are spared unnecessary stress, and that animal service resources like CVHS do not become overwhelmed. Our overall message is stay calm and be prepared.