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Natural Awakenings Sarasota / Manatee / Charlotte

Emergency Plans For Your Pets

Jun 29, 2011 02:29PM ● By By: Kimberly A. Colgate

When a hurricane or other emergency strikes, do you have a plan for your pets? You may need to be separated from your pets. Are you ready?
 
Your pets are helpless. They depend on you for everything. If your pet is left for a day, a week or longer, you need to provide your pet’s caretaker with all of the information they will need to properly care for your pet.
The first step in your emergency pet plan is to gather and document all of the important information about your pet in one place.
 
One way to gather and memorial­ize the information is to purchase The Pet Plan & Pet Trust Guide. Chapters One and Two of the book allow you to write all of the information about your pets right in the book. If you need to leave your pet with a caretaker during a hurricane or another emergency, it is as simple as handing the book to the caretaker. Your pet will be so grateful! You will be proud to leave The Pet Plan & Pet Trust Guide on your coffee table. It is beautifully illustrated by the world famous illustrator, Debby Carman. If you don’t yet own a pet plan, here is some information you should have on hand in the event of an emergency.
 
IDENTIFY YOURSELF
Include your name address and all phone numbers.
 
INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR PET
Provide your pet’s name. Does your pet have a microchip, or some other form of identification? If Yes, please include the microchip or other identifying number:
Be sure to include your pet’s Dog License Number & Issuing Agency. If your pet is AKC (American Kennel Club) registered, provide your pet’s AKC registration number as well.
Include your pet’s date of birth and a picture of your pet.
 
EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION
Record not only your name, telephone number address and veterinary contact information, but also include nearest relative and nearest neighbors name and phone.
Sometimes it’s important to have more than one emergency contact! Who is an alternative contact? Can your emergency contact get into your house or apartment? If not you should provide instructions on how your emergency contact may gain access to your house or apartment.
 
MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR PET
Include your veterinarian’s name phone number and a 24 hour emergency vet clinic number.
What was the date of your pet’s last vaccines? Rabies, heart worm, fleas and other vaccinations.
Does your pet take any medica­tions? If yes, describe the medication and dosage:
Be sure to include where you keep your pet’s medications. Does your pet have any other medical problems?
 
YOUR PET’S EATING HABITS
What kind of food does your pet eat? Be specific about brand and name.
Do you add “people” food to your pet’s food? Describe how you prepare your pet’s food. Include information on quantity.
How often do you feed your pet and at what times do they eat?
 
YOUR PET’S SLEEP­ING HABITS
Where does your pet sleep? In bed with you? In a crate? In a special bed? In a cage
 
YOUR PET’S POTTY HABITS
Do you take your pet outside to go to potty or do they go on a pad?
Do you use a special leash or collar? How frequently do you take your pet out?
Are there any special walking instruc­tions?
 
WHERE DOES YOUR PET STAY WHEN YOU ARE AWAY?
Has your pet ever been left overnight at a kennel? If yes, provide the contact information for the kennel you trust.
 
MAKE A LIST OF YOUR PET’S HABITS. SUCH AS:
n Frightened by sudden noise, such as fire trucks, sirens, skateboards, honking horns.
n Escape artist -will run away or bolt if given the opportunity.
n Obeys on command.
n Knows his or her name when spoken.
n Rides well in a car.
n Is accustomed to being transported in a pet carrier.
n Walks well on a leash / standard col­lar / choke collar/ body harness.
n Wears a ‘no bark’ collar.
n Is fully potty trained.
n Known or prone to have “potty ac­cidents in the home.”
List any quirks or peculiarities? Are there any instructions you can provide that will help ease your pet’s anxiety?
It is so important to document a plan for your pets. When disaster strikes and you need to leave your pet with a family member, friend or pet friendly location, the caretaker can ease your pet’s hurricane anxiety if they know all about your pet.
Kimberly A. Colgate is a local Attorney At Law in Sarasota. She is also the
author of The Pet Plan & Pet Trust Guide. For more information on how to order The Pet Plan & Pet Trust Guide visit naturalawakeningspet.com.
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