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When preparing for emergencies, keep every member of your family in mind, including your pets. All the information in this article comes from www.ready.gov, your location for all the resources you need for any emergency.

 

If you are like millions of animal owners nationwide, your pet is an important member of your household. The likelihood that you and your animals will survive an emergency such as a fire or flood, tornado or terrorist attack depends largely on emergency planning done today. Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as assembling an animal emergency supply kit and developing a pet care buddy system, are the same for any emergency. Whether you decide to stay put in an emergency or evacuate to a safer location, you will need to make plans in advance for your pets. Keep in mind that what's best for you is typically what's best for your animals.

 

If you must evacuate, take your pets with you if possible. However, if you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside. Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets.

 

Make a back-up emergency plan in case you can't care for your animals yourself. Develop a buddy system with neighbors, friends and relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at least three days, maybe longer.

 

Preparing for Your Pets Makes Sense. Get Ready Now.

 

Use the Red Cross emergency preparedness checklist for pets as a guide.

September 29, 2010 at 4:46 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Pets are naturally curious, and they can find very quickly all the delicate, precious, and poisonous items in your home faster than you can grab them away. So, before your dog, cat, ferret, bird, or other critter spends time in your home, get organized to protect it from poisoning, and protect yourself from grief and loss.

 

Use these general tips to get started:

 

Human medications are not formulated for pets. Keep them secured out of reach and locked away. Pets will find and discover how to open your prescriptions, dietary aids, dietary supplements, nutraceuticals, and inhalers.

 

• Lock away cleaning products for your home or car, automotive fluids, fertilizers, insecticides, pesticides and herbicides in secure cabinets or storage areas. Clean up spills immediately, and keep rags and other items soiled with poisonous substances out of reach as well.

 

• Keep pets off grassy areas that have been sprayed with commercial chemicals until the chemicals are completely dry. Household-strength lawn chemicals may cause stomach upset but generally are too weak to permanently harm your pet.

 

Small arts and crafts items may pose choking hazards. Glues and other adhesives are poisonous.

 

• If you use automatic chemical tank or bowl treatments, keep toilet lids closed when they're not in use.

 

• Many common human foods are harmful to pets. Unbaked yeast bread dough, chewing gum, chocolate, fatty foods, garlic, grapes, macadamia nuts, onions, and raisins are just a sampling.

 

• Do not keep plants poisonous to pets in your home, including aloe, azalea, holly, lily, and poinsettia. For a detailed list, visit ASPCA.

 

• Keep pets away from cigarette and cigar butts and potpourri.

 

• Before trash day, secure garbage away from your pets. Curious paws may find coffee grounds, moldy foods, chicken bones, and other hazards.

 

For room-by-room tips, link to Pet Poison Hotline. For additional details, link to ASPCA's poison control center.

 

Share here your tips to protect pets from accidental poisoning.

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