Providing for your pets.

March 13, 2016 @ 11:20 am posted by

As a veterinarian I would suggest that you have someone in mind who will care for your pets in an emergency.  You should talk to at least two responsible people who will agree to take care of your pets in an emergency.  Both of these people should live outside of your neighborhood, in case you need to evacuate the area.  Make sure you can bring the pets to them and/or they should be willing to come to your house if you have to leave your pets in an emergency.  They should have keys to your house, the name and phone number for your veterinarian, and the information about the care, feeding, and health of your pet.  Make sure the people you choose to care for your pet is someone who your pet knows well and likes.

If you ever have to leave your pets at home it is a good idea to post emergency stickers or notices on your doors or windows specifying how many pets you have so emergency personel can look for them in a serious emergency.

Its also a good idea to keep a card in your wallet listing the names and contact information of your pets caregivers and your veterinatian.

I would also suggest that you drawing up a up a document like a will or trust, possible with an attorney, to provide for the care and ownership of your pet while you are away.  Basically, just make sure the people you choose to take care of your pet have your pet’s best interest at heart.

Finally, get a pet emergency kit in case of an emergency, disaster, or emergency evacuation.

Pet Emergency Kit

I still believe that you do provide the best care for your pet and its still best to take your pets with you, along with your pet emergency kit .

In closing your “Plan A” should be that you provide for your pets emergency care yourself and your “Plan B” would be your default plan to have others take care of your pet.

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