Pet Preparedness Month Suggestions from a Vet in Walnut Creek
Because June is Pet Preparedness Month, now is an excellent time to take consider just how prepared (or unprepared) you are for disasters. From fires and severe storms to floods and accidental injuries, there are many types of disasters that could strike your family. While those things are frightening to think about, doing so allows you to formulate a plan for keeping yourself and your pets safe in an emergency. As vets in Walnut Creek, we believe in doing everything possible to help our clients protect their pets. That’s why we’ve put together this blog post with some safety tips in honor of Pet Preparedness Month.
Check their Identification
Have you gotten a new phone number recently? Or moved to a new home? If so, the information on your pet’s identification tag might not be up-to-date. The info in their microchip account could be outdated, too. Microchips and ID tags play huge roles in helping pets make it home safely after getting lost - but only if they contain accurate information. Check your pet’s tags and account today, and make any necessary changes.
Make a Pet Emergency Kit
A pet emergency kit is something that every animal owner should have. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy. It just needs to be easily accessible and contain everything you would need to care for your pet for a few days in the event of an emergency. Ideally, it should be portable, too, in case you ever need to evacuate with your pet. When making your kit, be sure to include:
- Copies of important paperwork, including health history and vaccination records
- A recent photo (in case your pet gets lost)
- Bowls (collapsible ones are perfect for this)
- Extra leashes and collars
- A five-day supply of food and water for each pet
- A litter box and litter (if you have cats)
- A pet first-aid kit
- A list of places in your area that accept pets if you have to evacuate
Schedule a Visit with a Vet in Walnut Creek
Keeping up with routine wellness care ensures that your pet is healthy and up-to-date on vaccinations. A vet in Walnut Creek can also provide suggestions for what to include in your pet’s first-aid kit and what you should do to prepare for an emergency involving your pet.
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