Preparing for Natural Disasters

Following the devastation that took place in Texas after Hurricane Harvey, many livestock animals and family pets were left behind to suffer in the floodwaters. As hurricane season continues to rage on through November CVA is once again reminding everyone of the steps necessary to ensure the safety of all animals. For all natural and man-made disasters, pet owners are encouraged to follow an set of emergency precautions, which save lives and reduce distress in the event of a natural disaster:

1. Locate a safe place to take your pet, such as to a relative, local veterinarian or animal shelter, as some emergency shelters do not allow pets.

2. Microchip your pet before the storm makes landfall as it will help to locate the animal should they become separated from an owner and a collar falls off.

3. In the event that a disaster occurs without warning, all pet owners should have on-hand an animal-friendly emergency kit that includes 10 days’ worth of food, water, medications and other consumables for both themselves and their pets.

4. When packing for your pet during an evacuation, remember to include medical records, veterinarian’s contact information, current photos of the animal in case they get lost, sturdy leashes and harnesses and/or carriers to transport the animal, litter box and scoops, garbage bags, and the pet’s bed, blanket or toys (if easily transportable).

“Leaving your pets out of your emergency plan and kit can put pets, pet owners and first responders in danger,” says Dr. John Charos, DVM, President/CEO, Central Veterinary Associates. “Preparation makes a difference, so it is important to have your pet microchipped along with an emergency plan, kit and designated area for your family and pet to stay safe should a disaster occur. CVA offers microchipping services and pet boarding at which a veterinarian makes regular rounds to ensure your pet’s comfort and administer medications during their stay.”

In the event of a disaster, CVA keeps its hospital in Valley Stream open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, even during the most severe storms. For more information about CVA or to make an appointment, call (516)825-3066 or visit www.centralvets.com for more information.

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