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Disaster preparedness for pet parents

Team Walmart Pets

June 17, 2021


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From hurricanes that cause flooding, to fires that ravage destruction, to snow that freezes regions into gridlock — natural disasters have made disaster preparedness front-page news. Many of us may have had intentions of making a “disaster-proof” plan for our home and loved ones, but didn’t. The good news is there’s no time like the present. 

Follow these tips to be prepared for whatever life throws at you.

Proper identification

In the event of a natural disaster, or even a house fire, a collar showing clear, up-to-date ID is crucial.

On top of that, your pet should have an implanted microchip in case a collar is lost (and don’t forget to update your microchip provider with any changes in address/phone number, etc).

Pet disaster preparedness supply kit

A well-stocked bin of pet supplies is essential, and we encourage all pet parents to make their own bag. Start with a watertight bag. Stock enough dog food (or cat food) and drinking water for two-to-three days and rotate out any spoiled food regularly. Throw in a copy of your pet’s medical/vaccination records, leashes, litter and litter trays (don’t forget the scoop), along with pictures of your pets for identification purposes.

Pet carriers and crates

A pet carrier or crate can temporarily house pets at vet clinics or even hotels that would not normally take pets. Cat carriers should be large enough to hold the cat and a shoe-box size litter pan. 

Get more detailed information on disaster preparedness for your family and pets on the Ready America website:  www.ready.gov/america/getakit/pets.html.

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