Keep Your Pets Protected in Emergencies

Keep Your Pets Protected In Emergencies

More than 60% of U.S. households have at least one pet as a companion, according to polling data. When it comes to what type of pets Americans have, dogs and cats are the overwhelming favorites, as you might expect.

But these little – or not so small – creatures are often more than mere houseguests – they’re like family, as 95% of owners consider them as such, furry though they may be.

And nothing is more important than your family’s safety and well-being. However, if there was an emergency that threatened their lives, would you know what to do with your pet? Would you have the resources needed to keep them alive?

Preparation is a key component of both pet and homeownership. Here are a few things you should have at the ready to make sure Fluffy or Fido gets through an urgent situation unscathed.

Assemble essentials for your pet 
Of course, pets are no different from children or relatives in that they need clean water and nutritious food at a moment’s notice. They may also need medications, especially if your dog or cat is older. Make sure your emergency kit has three days worth of food, water and medications, as well as the toys that they’re especially attached to.

Have a backup shelter plan
If there’s an evacuation order in effect after a major weather system sweeps through, you and your pet may become separated. If they have to live somewhere else for the time being, make sure that all the arrangements are in place to ensure the transition is seamless. For example, if they have to be put in boarding at your local animal shelter or veterinary hospital, the staff there should be aware of any dietary restrictions or medical conditions to keep them comfortable.

Create identification tags
When there’s an emergency and everything seems to be happening at once, there’s always a chance that your pet will become lost. The likelihood of their safe return increases substantially if your dog or cat is outfitted with the proper ID. If you haven’t already done so, make sure that your pet’s collar has contact information on it so you can be notified when they turn up. Your pet’s name and how to reach you by phone are must-haves.

The American Red Cross and Federal Emergency Management Agency have several other recommendations to be mindful of so your pet stays safe before, during and after an emergency.

No safety plan is complete without the proper insurance policy in place. Homeowners insurance is one of the more multifaceted protections available and may even provide protection for your pet. For information, speak to your local independent agent.

Kevin Post

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