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National Pet Preparedness Month

June is National Pet Preparedness Month. While we hope that you never have to go through an emergency situation with your furry friend, we do urge erring on the side of caution, and being prepared for anything. Here, a Folsom, CA vet discusses preparing your pet for unforeseen emergencies.

First Aid Kit

If you don’t have a pet first aid kit, this is a great time to make one. Start by getting a regular first aid kit, which you can find in most drugstores. Next, add some pet-specific things, such as styptic powder, tick poppers, a muzzle, nonstick gauze, rubbing alcohol, thermal blankets, tweezers, blunt-end scissors, and other helpful items.

Pet CPR

While it hopefully goes without saying that you should immediately contact your vet should an emergency arise, you may need to perform basic CPR yourself before you can transport your furry friend. Download some pet first aid apps to your phone, and/or print out pet first aid documents.

Evacuation Kit

Some emergencies—such as wildfires—may call for quick evacuation. Have everything ready to go, just in case. Your pet evacuation kit should contain at least a week’s worth of food, treats, and, if applicable, prescriptions. You’ll also want to add bedding, a leash and collar, toys, towels, pet wipes, and, in Fluffy’s case, a litterbox and litter. We recommend keeping these things near your pet’s carrier. It isn’t a bad idea to keep the first aid kit in the same place.

Preparing For Trouble

Earthquakes, mudslides, floods, fires, and other emergencies can happen with little or no warning. A few simple precautions can make things much quicker and easier if you do have to evacuate. Make a list of local shelters and hotels that accept pets. You also want to keep copies of your pet’s paperwork with you. If you need to go to a shelter, you’ll have to provide proof that your pet is current on vaccinations and parasite control. Keep copies in your glove box, email them to yourself, and/or take a picture of these documents, so you always have them on your phone. We also recommend adding your vet’s number to your contacts, as well as other important numbers, such as the Pet Poison Helpline, which is 855-764-7661. (Note: charges may apply.)

Please contact us, your Folsom, CA vet, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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