Prepare and protect your pets

Published On: Oct 27 2011 03:19:38 PM CDT
Updated On: May 26 2009 11:40:18 AM CDT

The following information was provided by the Houston SPCA and the Houston Humane Society.

  • Identification: Make sure your pet wears a collar and I.D. tag with up-to-date information.
  • Vaccinations: All pets should be current on their shots. Keep a copy of the vaccination records in a sealed/waterproof plastic bag.
  • Sleeping Quarters: Help your animals avoid shattering glass and falling objects. Don't place a pet's bed below windows or shelving.
  • Have Crate Ready: Every animal in your house should have a crate -- a molded plastic carrying kennel. Familiarize your pet with the crate before disaster strikes.
  • Check The Yard Make sure all fencing is secure and all holes and potential escape routes blocked.
  • Plan Ahead: Identify animal shelters (in case your pet becomes lost), local boarding facilities, veterinarians, motels, and friends or relatives that may temporarily house your pet after a disaster.
  • Evacuate: If you evacuate, take your pet.

Disaster Preparedness Checklist:

(Use this as a guide for building your own disaster preparedness kit for your pets.)

  • Molded plastic pet carrier
  • Copy of your pet's rabies and vaccination records sealed in a plastic bag
  • Pet first aid book and kit
  • Two-week supply of pet food
  • Three-day supply of bottled water
  • One-month supply of your pet's regular medications
  • Non-spill food and water bowls
  • Cat litter
  • Cat litter pan
  • Leash
  • Plastic bags (for pet waste disposal)
  • Sheets (one to cover each pet carrier)
  • Blankets
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Newspaper
  • Disinfectants
  • Paper Towels
  • Comb/brush

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