June is National Pet Preparedness Month. If there’s one thing we’ve all learned in recent months, it’s that you can’t be too prepared for a disaster. While the coronavirus will definitely go down as the biggest event this year, the pandemic doesn’t negate the possibility of other events, such as tornados, hurricanes, fires, and floods. It’s always best to err on the side of caution, and be prepared. Here, a Santa Rosa, CA offers some pet preparation tips.

Stock Up

Keep an emergency bag for your pet. This should contain a few weeks’ worth of things like food, medicine, and treats; toys; bedding; grooming supplies; towels; dishes; and a pet first-aid kit. If you have a dog, put waste baggies and a tie-out line in as well. Include a muzzle too, as some shelters may require them. Kitties will also require a litterbox and litter. Pet-calming products may also come in handy.

Carrier

If you don’t have a carrier or travel crate for your furry pal, we definitely recommend getting one. Hard-shell crates are typically better, as they offer more protection. Add some bedding and toys to make it comfy for your four-legged friend. If you have a smaller animal, like a bird, reptile, or pocket pet, you can possibly use a storage tote with air holes cut in the top for transport. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Preventative Care

As the saying says, an ounce of prevention is worth several pounds of cure. It’s much easier to prevent certain illnesses than it is to treat pets for them. Make sure that your animal companion current on their vaccines and parasite control. Most pets should also be fixed and microchipped.

Documentation

Keep copies of your pet’s vaccination and registration records. You may need these to get your furry pal into a shelter or hotel. We also recommend printing a list of pet friendly shelters and hotels within a few hours’ drive. It’s not a bad idea to include some pet first-aid information, and perhaps some instructions on things like making DIY toys, in case you find yourself with lots of time to kill. Put these things into a sealed plastic bag, and keep it with the carrier or in your car.

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? As your Santa Rosa, CA animal clinic, we’re always happy to help. Call us today!