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Pet Preparedness Month

June is National Pet Preparedness Month! You never know when a disaster or emergency may strike. It’s definitely a good idea to be ready for the unexpected. A local Bee Cave, TX vet offers a few tips on pet preparedness in this article.

Emergency Kit

We recommend having an emergency bag ready for your furry best friend. This should include food, blankets, bedding, toys, treats, dishes, towels, and medicine. Dogs should have a spare leash and collar or harness, a tie-out line, and perhaps a muzzle. Kitties require a litterbox and litter. You may also want to put some pet calming products in the bag. It’s a good idea to add a pet first-aid kit as well. You can start by getting a first-aid kit made for people and adding some pet-specific items to it. Keep this bag in or near your pet’s carrier, in a spot that’s easy to access.

Preventative Care

Make sure your pet is registered and up to date on vaccinations and parasite control. This is important even when there is no emergency. However, it becomes absolutely crucial in troubled times. Many hotels and shelters that accept pets require documentation of this before allowing them to enter. Plus, pets may be more likely to come into contact with wild animals during emergencies.

Documentation

Speaking of documentation, we recommend keeping copies of your pet’s paperwork in your glove box. It’s also a good idea to take photos of them and email copies to yourself. That way, you can access them from any phone or computer. You may also want to keep sealed copies with your pet’s emergency kit.

ID

If your pet hasn’t been microchipped yet, we strongly advise getting this done ASAP. You’ll also need to make sure that your contact information is correct in the chipmaker’s database. You can try using the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup tool here to check. ID tags are also important. Last but not least, be sure to include ID on your pet’s carriers. Luggage tags are a good option for this.

Planning

Make sure that your family has a plan for disasters. Don’t forget to include your pet in this planning! You may also want to print out a list of all pet-friendly hotels and shelters within a few hours’ drive.

Please contact us, your Bee Cave, TX vet clinic, anytime. We are happy to help!

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