When you think of family, who do you think of? Parents, siblings, grandparents, but what about your pet? Your four-legged furry friend is always there for you when you walk through the door after a long day at work or even when you need some company watching your favorite TV show. You probably can’t imagine your life without your beloved pet, which is why it would be devastating if anything happened to them.
What if there’s an emergency and you have to evacuate your home? Or you just planned a week-long trip with your family? Have you thought of a plan for your pets? It’s just as important to make a plan for your animals as it is for your family members. Bankers Insurance Group cares about the safety of you and your family and wants you to be prepared all year long.
Here are some tips on what to consider when making a pet emergency or travel plan.
- Find a Safe Haven
If you need to evacuate from your home, so do your pets. Identify emergency shelters and foster care centers for animals in your area. Make arrangements in advance with your friends or relatives to take care of your pets for the duration of your absence. If you decide to be with your pets during an evacuation, find hotels or motels that are pet friendly.
- Emergency Kits
Always plan for the worst and pack as many supplies as you can. The must haves include:
- First aid kit for pets
- Enough food and water for 3-7 days
- Collar & leash
- Photocopies of medical records
- Litter & disposable litter trays
- Blankets & toys
What if your pet goes missing? It’s important that all animals wear collars with up-to-date tags. The tag should include your pets’ name, telephone number and urgent medical needs. Another great way to identify your pet(s) is through microchipping. ASPCA highly recommends microchipping as it’s more permanent and reliable. Any animal shelter will be able to find the identity of your pet by simply scanning the microchip.
Safe Travel Plans
- Traveling by Plane
Choose a direct flight because it’s less traumatic for animals, especially since they will be confined in a crate during the flight. Your pet’s crate should be USDA approved and large enough for your animal to sit, stand and turn comfortably. Make sure the crate has proper identification including a photo of your pet, your name and phone number. When was the last time your pets got vaccinated? It’s required to have all of your pet’s vaccinations up-to-date prior to the trip.
- Road Trip
Unfortunately, you can’t just load your pet in a vehicle and drive away. You need to properly prepare for a safe trip. With that being said, don’t let your pet ride loose in the vehicle. It might be fun for your pet, but it’s extremely dangerous. Your animal should be in a carrier case secured in a seat with a seat belt. Don’t forget to pack your pet emergency kit. Last, but not least, never leave your pet in a parked vehicle alone.
Be the owner that your pet looks up to. They always support you, so now it’s your turn to be there for them. It’s never too late to create an emergency and travel plan for your furry best friend. Get started now and be prepared all year long. To learn more about pet preparedness plans, visit: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/disaster-preparedness