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Storms and pets; are you ready?
Being Prepared for your pet’s safety
We all know the basics of tornado season here in Oklahoma, have a safe place for shelter, keep plenty of water bottles and don’t stand outside watching the tornado. We are prepared, but are our pets? When hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, thousands of pets were left displaced and homeless. Years later, we have learned from our lack of preparedness. There are several steps you can take to ensure your pet will be returned to you in the unfortunate event of a natural disaster.
Microchipping: Instrumental for Storms and Your Pet
They are about the size of a grain of rice, a simple microchip can make a whole world of difference when your pet goes missing. Most microchips are located between the shoulders blades and are offered by several companies for both cats and dogs. Unlike a collar with tags, a microchip cannot be misplaced or hung up on a fence during an escape.
Most chips contain similar information, your name and contact info as well as your pet’s vaccines and veterinarian. It is of the utmost importance that you keep your contact info up to date just in case your pet goes missing after you have moved out of the area or the chip is essentially useless.
If you do not know your pet’s chip number, most veterinarians and shelters have chip scanners. Depending on the manufacturer of the chip, most information is available online. If you do not know the manufacturer of your pet’s chip there are universal chip search engines that will give all the contact info you will need to keep you and your pet’s info up to date.
Pet Preparedness Kit
Like any well-versed Oklahoman should, most of us already have disaster kits ready for whenever we may need them, your pets should have one too. Here are a few things you should include in your pet’s tornado safety pack.
- Three days worth of food and water
- Any medications your pet may be taking
- Vaccine records/proof of ownership, current photo
- Collapsable food and water bowls
- Leashes and collars
- Animal first aid kit
Have a Plan
Do you know where you will go in the event of a natural disaster? What about your pet? If you don’t have your own storm shelter you may plan on bunking with your neighbor, ask them about Fido and Felix. Most people won’t mind pets but it’s never a bad idea to ask. Also, if you plan on going to a local shelter, check up on the guidelines concerning pets.
The weather is unpredictable, as Oklahomans we know that more than anything. As responsible pet owners, we owe it to our pets to include them in our natural disaster planning. If your pet is ever displaced during or after a storm, contact the Oklahoma Humane Society as well as any vet or animal hospital in the area. Going online and posting to lost and found facebook pages is also another way to get the word out.
With the unpredictable weather we have here in Oklahoma, you can never be too prepared. Don’t forget to keep you furry, or scaly, friends in mind next time disastrous weather hits.