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Pet Preparedness

Hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, floods, and hazardous or toxic material spills are just a few of the disasters we face living along the Texas Gulf Coast. Preparing your pet for a disaster today might save his or her life tomorrow.

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Pet safety is always important. Use the following checklist and be prepared before a disaster strikes.

ID: Ensure your pet is microchipped with your updated contact information, along with a collar and tag.

Vaccinations: All pets should be current on their shots. Keep a copy of the vaccination records along with other veterinary documents sealed in a plastic bag.

Sleeping quarters: Keep your pets’ beds away from windows or shelving to protect them from shattering glass or falling objects.

Crates: Every pet should have a crate or kennel. Be sure to familiarize your pets with their crates before a disaster strikes.

Check your yard: Make sure all fencing is secure and all holes and potential escape routes are blocked.

Plan ahead: Identify boarding facilities, veterinarians, pet-friendly lodging, and friends/relatives now who may temporarily house your pets.

Use this checklist as a guide for building your own Pet Preparedness Kit for your pet(s).
– Molded plastic carrier
– Copy of rabies and vaccination records in a sealed plastic bag
– Pet first aid book and kit
– Two-week supply of pet food
– Bottled water
– One-month supply of your pet’s regular medications
– Non-spill food and water bowls
– Extra collars and leashes
– Plastic bags (for scooping poop)
– Cat litter pan and litter
– Sheets and blankets
– Manual can opener
– Newspaper/Puppy Pads
– Disinfectants and paper towels
– Grooming supplies

Visit FEMA: HOW TO PREPARE FOR A HURRICANE for more information.

IF YOU EVACUATE, TAKE YOUR PETS WITH YOU!

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