Hurricane Preparedness for your pet!

If a hurricane is approaching your town, do you have an evacuation plan in place that includes your pet? Start with these top tips to make sure your pet stays safe during a potential disaster.

1. Make a plan! Reading this post is a good start but here are some links for additional help.

2. Have your supplies ready with pet food, medications, water, bowls, crate, etc... Need a checklist of supplies, click here.

3. Get your pets medical records. If you have to take your pet to a boarding facility, public shelter or hotel, they may need proof of vaccinations. Your veterinarian may offer a patient portal service. If so, you could print an ID card with your pets vaccination information on it. Click here for our Epet Health Pet Portal to get started.

4. Know where you are going. Find pet friendly hotels here and New Hanover County hurricane shelter info here.

5. Watch this video on preparing for disasters to ensure you have everything you need. YouTube

6. Get your pet microchipped! An estimated 250,000 pets were displaced or died as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Microchipping provides permanent identification for your pet so you can be reunited if you become separated during the storm. Click here to learn more about the Homeagain microchip.

Want to learn more about what Hurricane Katrina taught us about disaster preparedness or what to know how you can help? Click here for more information from ASPCA.

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