By Laura LaVoie
Are you prepared for an emergency when it comes to your pets? Even if there’s a microchip or collar tag on your furry friend, you may not have covered all the bases. Because I was fortunate enough to attend the 2017 BlogPaws conference in Myrtle Beach this year, I was in the audience to hear a representative from Hills explain the things I can do to be more prepared and protect my beloved Sphynx cat.
What I learned is that I am not prepared at all.
Piglet is 16 now, and when we got her, microchip technology was very different. We opted not to microchip her, and it is a decision that I regret to this day.
She’s an indoor-only cat, so if she were to get outside there are very few avenues for us to find her successfully. She does have a tag with our phone numbers. But, the tag is on her harness, so that is only useful if she manages to escape while wearing her harness.
The truth is, Piglet is not much of an escape artist. She doesn’t like to be outside, so we’ve not worried too much.
Until now, what I never really took into account is an emergency over which we have no control. What if there’s a fire or a major storm? And if catastrophe happens when we’re not home, what happens to Piglet?!
It isn’t too late for Piglet or for your pets. Consider these tips to ensure you’ve done all you can to keep your animals safe during an real emergency.
- Use a microchip or collar with updated contact information.
- Put a pet rescue decal in your window to alert first responders to the presence of your pet.
- Know where your pet hides when it is scared, so you can hopefully find it more easily.
- Plan ahead for a pet-friendly place to go if you need to leave your home.
- Keep a picture of your pet on you at all times in case you’re separated.
- Keep the pet carrier where you can access it quickly when necessary.
You can also create a pet emergency kit that you can grab, along with your pet, if you need to get out fast. Hills has put together a checklist available at their site, but here are some of the things you should include:
- First aid supplies
- Water and food.
- Harness and leash.
- Medications and medical records.
- Numbers for your vet.
- Their favorite toy.
To learn more about being prepared in case of an emergency, visit the Hills website. Don’t let anyone tell you your pet isn’t an important part of your family, and be sure you’re prepared at all times.