Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Pet Talk

June 18, 2012

Prepare your pets for emergencies

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There should also be a “go bag” for pets as well. Zoran said this should include their carrier, leashes, food, and water. For cats, this would also include a litter box and litter. As with people, the “go bag” should include the pet’s vaccination and medical records in addition to identification documents in case of separation. Zoran said this would include information about micro chipping or photographs of the animals.

For both humans and pets, Zoran said the “go bag” should contain supplies for three to five days.

Remember, the emergency situation is not always a train derailment. Other disasters may include hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and earthquakes. A preparedness plan can help in all emergencies and natural disasters.

“The truth of the matter is preparing helps you think more logically and clearly because you know what to take and where things are,” Zoran said.

Zoran explained that all disasters are different so it is important to be able to adapt to the situation.

“The [preparedness] plan works until disaster hits and then what do you do? You adapt to the situation. … If you have a plan and an idea, it is much easier to adapt,” she said.

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Pet Talk is a service of the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University.

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