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Tips for pet safety during storms, emergencies

Tornadoes, fires, floods and hurricanes can be devastating, and being prepared can help you remain calm in the face of disaster. You should be prepared for all family members, including your pets, for when disaster strikes. Here is a five-step evacuation plan by Petplan to make sure pet owners know how to keep their furry friends safe.

Chip in: It seems like a no-brainer, but staggering numbers of pet parents don't ID and microchip their pets. Tags and microchips are especially important during emergencies. If you get separated from your pet, those essential forms of identification are your best chance of finding each other quickly.

Tagg, you're safe: Don't know where your pet went? Tagg does. Just clip the pet tracker's GPS collar on your pet, then use your mobile device or computer to monitor the activities. Tagg tracks your pet's whereabouts instantly, so you'll know if he's hanging out with the dog next door or accidentally locked in someone's garage. In an emergency or when traveling, Tagg can locate pets who get lost in the chaos or hide in unfamiliar surroundings.

A kit for kitty (and doggies too): You probably already have bottled water and a first-aid kit set aside for your two-legged family. So now's the perfect time to add a few emergency supplies for your pets, too. Dr. Jules Benson, vice president of veterinary services at Petplan, recommends packing a supply kit with one of everything your pet needs to stay healthy and comfortable away from home: several days' worth of food, bottled water, medication, leash and bedding. What's the one thing people often forget? "Car restraints and secure carriers are so important when traveling with pets," Benson says. "To prevent injury or escape during an emergency or just a family road trip, make sure you've got them both on hand."

Accommodations: Shocking as it is, most people are not as happy to see our pets as much as we do. This can be especially true of hotel staff, and friends with new furniture. Some emergency shelters don't allow pets. That's why now is the perfect time to map out a safe haven for your pets, before any disasters or emergencies occur. Whether it's a pet-friendly hotel or a cat-loving cousin, find that welcoming place where you can cuddle up with your pets until the emergency is over.

Disaster-proof your budget: If someone in your family is injured, insurance can be your best friend. Pet insurance policies can help by putting your pet's health first, and your budget doesn't take a huge hit.

Tips for pet safety during storms, emergencies 07/10/14 [Last modified: Monday, July 14, 2014 12:43pm]
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