September is National Disaster Preparedness Month

September is National Disaster Preparedness Month

As we've seen in the devastation that's happened in Texas with Hurricane Harvey, it's not just humans that are affected by natural disasters. Thousands of animals, from family pets to livestock, were left without a home; some of them were abandoned or left in dangerous situations, needing emergency rescue just like their owners. September is National Disaster Preparedness Month across the country, and here at Wedington Animal Hospital, our goal is to make sure all owners know exactly what to do in case of an emergency or natural disaster. 

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Veterinarian in Fayetteville Talks About Disaster Preparedness

Here in Arkansas, the most likely disaster we're likely to face are tornadoes or floods, but it's also possible for us to face blackouts, blizzards and ice storms. Depending on the disaster, it may be wiser to stay at home or evacuate. No matter what's happening, it's crucial that you have a plan to care for your animals when that day comes. Here are some important points for you to consider:

  • Food  Preparedness experts advise that families keep at least a weeks' worth of non-perishable food in their home in case of natural disasters. This applies to the furry members of your family, as well. When the power is out or you're stranded in your home, you won't be able to visit the grocery store to pick up your pet's favorite kibble. Stock up early, and switch out supplies every few months to make sure you've got fresh food for that emergency.
  • Alternate lodging  If you've got to evacuate, will you be able to bring your dog or cat with you? In most disaster emergencies, city and state facilities are more concerned with the human population than with their pets. You may not be able to bring your dog or cat with you into the shelter. It's best if you make an arrangement with friends or family members in other cities, so that you can safely house your pet away from the emergency. Even people with not enough housing space to allow guests will often be able to board pets for a week or so.

Learn More From our Veterinarian in Fayettevile

If you've got any other questions about emergency preparedness and pets, call our Fayetteville, AR office at (479) 444-6600. We'll be happy to answer any concerns you may have.