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Preparing pets ahead of natural disasters

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Hurricanes,tornadoes, fires, floods and hazardous or toxic material spillsare just a few of the disasters we face living along the Texas Gulf Coast. Preparing your pet for a disaster today might save his/her life tomorrow!

Identification - Make sure your pet wears a collar and I.D. tag with up-to-date information.

Vaccinations - All pets should be current on their shots.  Keep a copy of the vaccination records sealed in a plastic bag.

Sleeping quarters - Help your animals avoid shattering glass and falling objects.  Don't place your pet's bed below windows or shelving.

A home away from home - Every animal in your house should have a crate - a molded plastic carrying case. Familiarize your pet with the crate before a disaster strikes.

Check your yard - Make sure all fencing is secure and all holes and potential escape routes are blocked.

Plan ahead - Identify animal shelters, local boarding facilities, Veterinarians, pet friendly motels, and friends/relatives that may temporarily house your pet after a disaster.

If you evacuate, take your pet!



Use this checklist as a guide for building your own disaster preparedness kit for your pet.

- Molded plastic carrier

- Copy of your pet's rabies and vaccination records sealed in a plastic bag

- Pet first aid book and kit

’- Two-week supply of pet food

- Bottled water

- One-month supply of your pet's regular medications

- Non-spill food and water bowls

- Cat litter pan

- Leash

- Plastic bags (for pet waste disposal)

- Sheets (one to cover each pet carrier)

- Blankets

- Non-electric can opener

- Newspapers

- Disinfectants

- Paper Towels

- Comb / Brush

Don't Delay, prepare Today!

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