How to keep your pets safe in an emergency or natural disaster

How to keep your pets safe in an emergency or natural disaster

How to keep your pets safe in an emergency or natural disaster


How to keep your pets safe in an emergency or natural disaster

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MIAMI – May 8 is National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, so CBS News Miami’s Gabrielle Arzola spoke to a vet to see how pet parents can prepare before disaster strikes.

“You have to have a plan in place,” says Dr. Carlos Jorge Canino, a veterinarian with Doral Veterinary Care. “Your animals will be just as scared as you are in the event of a hurricane or flood.”

According to Dr. Canino, have a waterproof zip bag with:

  • 2 weeks of medication (if needed)
  • A pet first aid kit (gauze, bandage wrap, hydrogen peroxide)

He also suggests to have the following:

  • Vet records (current vaccinations and microchip information)
  • Emergency food
  • Poop bags

Additional items can include:

  • A crate with pets’ names and emergency contact info written above
  • Pet toys
  • Water/food bowls
  • Blankets/towels

Dr. Canino said to keep these items together, and within close reach, ideally not on the floor to prevent your pet, or flood waters from getting to it.

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