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Disaster Preparedness for Pets

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disaster-preparedness-life-vestOf course we love to think about your happy pups and wonderfully independent felines and the fun we have watching them show off after their mobile pet grooming appointments, but sometimes we have to get serious. Talking about disaster preparedness is one of those times.

Emergency preparedness is a big deal for you and your entire family, including your pets.

No matter where you live in San Diego, disaster preparedness is very important. While we live in one of the most beautiful places in the country, like anywhere else, disasters do happen. The San Diego area in particular is prone to wildfires, storms, and earthquakes. But anything can happen anywhere at any time - and we should be ready.

Statistics show that people that prepare for disaster always fare better than those who do not, which makes everything you do to get ready for any unfortunate event a huge advantage. Develop a plan today, and be sure to include your pets in your emergency preparations.

Here are some valuable steps in disaster preparedness for pets.

  1. Have a sticker on your front window or door indicating pets reside in the home. The ASPCA provides free emergency ID stickers.
  2. Have your pet microchipped. If you become separated, a microchip can help ensure that you are reunited.
  3. Keep a collar and tag on your pets. Make sure the tag contains alternate contact information.
  4. Search in advance and keep a list of out-of-town pet friendly motels and hotels.
  5. Develop a buddy system with neighbors to help protect or evacuate pets should the other not be home in the event of an emergency.
  6. Keep up-to-date hard copy photos of your pets available.
  7. Keep a pet carrier, leashes and pet emergency disaster kit ready.

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What Should You Have Ready in a Pet Emergency Preparedness Kit

Just like for humans, you will need to have a kit ready that can help take care of basic needs during a serious emergency. Here are some things you should pack in a sturdy duffle bag. Be sure to keep the bag and supplies easily accessible and up to date.

  • Crate or other portable confinement
  • Pet medications
  • Pet medical records
  • Disposable litter trays, potty patch, and bags
  • Litter (for cats)
  • Dish soap
  • Paper towels
  • Portable pet dishes for food and water
  • Bottled water
  • Flashlight
  • Blanket
  • disaster-prepared-dogCat or dog toys
  • High calorie/protein food (the kind for dogs going camping or hiking)
  • Canned pet food
  • Pet treats
  • Extra collars, leashes, or harnesses
  • Bath towel
  • Reflective dog clothing or gear, such as jacket or pack.
  • Reflective tape to add to non-reflective items.
  • Permanent marker

One of the best things about providing mobile pet grooming in San Diego is getting to see the wonderfully deep bond formed between humans and their family members from the animal kingdom. That’s why we at Awesome Doggies want to do all we can to keep you informed about pet safety. Everything you do now can help save the life of your buddy in the event of an emergency. When you make your emergency plan, be sure to include a plan to protect, care for, transport, and confine your faithful companions. Want more information? Feel free to contact us for more details.

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