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Pet Emergency Preparation Tips

Unfortunately, fires have been in the news quite a lot this year. It’s been very difficult to see the devastation that wildfires have caused over recent months. Pets are also extremely affected by these fires. While we hope that none of our clients are ever in this situation, we do always urge being ready for an emergency, just in case. Read on for some great emergency pet preparation tips from a local Orangevale, CA vet.

Preventative Care

Keeping up with your furry friend’s vaccinations and parasite control is important for many reasons, and is also required by law in many places. If you ever have to evacuate, you’ll of course need to take your pet with you. Many emergency shelters will only accept pets that are up to date with their vaccines and parasite control products.

ID

If your pet hasn’t been microchipped yet, we recommend getting this done as soon as possible. Pets—especially dogs—should also be wearing ID tags. If your furry friend is ever separated from you in an emergency, ID tags and microchips may be the only things linking you together!

Paperwork

Keep copies of your pet’s registration and medical records with you at all times. It isn’t a bad idea to keep hard copies in your car’s glove compartment. If you have a smartphone, snap pictures of them, so you’ll always have them in your gallery. You can also email scanned copies to yourself, so you can access them from anywhere.

Emergency Kit

We recommend preparing a pet emergency bag. A plastic storage tote or a big duffel bag is a great option for this. Include a week’s worth of food, treats, and medicine; blankets; toys; dishes; a leash and collar; towels; brushes; and some toys. A pet first-aid kit is also a good thing to have. To make this first-aid kit, start by getting a regular one. Then, add some pet-specific items. Some of the things you may want to include would be a thermal blanket, styptic powder, tweezers, antiseptic lotion or spray, non-stick bandages, gauze, and splints. If you have a pet carrier or travel crate, keep the kit near it. If everything is in one place, it will be easier to grab in an emergency.

Please reach out to us, your Orangevale, CA vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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