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Be prepared for disasters that happen in Florida, see www.floridadisaster.org. Also life happens and accidents or health issues can come from nowhere - have a plan and make caring for your pet one less thing you have to stress over.

Preparing ahead of time is simple!

  • Have a travel quality plastic or wire crate for EACH pet you own. Even if your animals are best buddies, during an emrgency stress can cause them to act differently.
  • You can place the crates next to each other to allow them to be close.
  • Keep the crate in a place where your animal has access, like the bedroom or living area, porch. You want each pet to be familiar and comfortable with the crate and this will help them feel safe in the crate during times of stress such as travel or evacuation.
  • One way is to feed your pet in the crate (with the door open) so they like going inside.
  • Have a spare leash, harness, collar attached to the crate or in an emergency go-bag.
  • Microchip - if your pet has one, REGISTER IT. There are free options for registering your microchip.
  • Make sure you have a tag w/ the registry contact information.
  • Put your vet/rescue and/or out of town person as a contact when you register your chip.
  • Many microchip registrations allow you to enter vet/medical information and pictures too.
  • Be sure your spare and current collar/harness have an up to date TAG for your pet.
  • Place multiple phone numbers on your tags if possible, preferably one number that is from out of town. If a disaster strikes having your cell and home phone will not do much good if both are not working. But an out of town number is probably going to work as disasters are typically localized.
  • Be sure to notify the person whose number you use and let them know what you want to happen if they get that call. Give them the name of your vet, maybe send them a copy of the latest shot records or tell them where you register the microchip (email so they have a record and can remember).
  • It could be as simple as a Ziploc plastic bag - place all vet papwerok and receipts in a ziploc bag and atttach to the crate or place in the emergency go-bag.
  • You will always have up to date information on your animal's records, medications, vaccines, vet information.
  • Tie wrap the bag to the crate or store in your emergency go-bag. When you have to provide proof of shots or get medication re-fills you are all set.
  • Emergency go-bag or backpack, have one ready to go.
  • Be sure to have spare dishes, toys, blankets (with your family scent - not new) in a bag that is ready to go.
  • Keep this bag with your other supplies in an easily accessed location.
  • Be sure to pack cleaning supplies, bleach wipes and paper towels for potty accidents or vomit cleanup.
  • Food - try to keep a few extra cans of wet on hand always and do not let the food go completely out.
  • Take a cellphone photo of your pet's food(s) so you always know the right type to purchase.
  • Tear a label from the food so you always know what to purchase, place in your ziploc bag. This works even if your cell phone does not.
  • Changing a pet's diet will cause stomach upset and messy stools which is no fun or anyone.
  • Pets do not like to eat strange food.
  • Have a can opener for can foods that need them.
  • Medications - be sure to know what medications your pet is on.
  • Store the preventives, monthly Heartworm, Flea/Tick control with the paperwork so you don't forget it.
  • Like with human medications, check your supplies when a weather WATCH is declared so you have enough to get through the weather event.
  • If you have to leave the area, having the medications with you will make things easier if you have to see a vet while traveling.

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