As we enter into hurricane season, the threat of natural disasters looms heavy over our heads. Emergencies come in many forms; whether it is a temporary absence from your home or a permanent evacuation, pets usually get thought of last when making a family disaster plan. But pets are family too, and omitting them from the plan can put pets, pet owners, and emergency responders in danger. Most disasters happen without warning, so it is important to ensure that your pet has a collar with tags that have up to date information on them. Because collars can be removed or fall off, it is highly recommended that your pet be microchipped. Microchips are universal, and if your pet is found, it can lead them back home to you. Smaller pets can be transported in a labeled carrier for safety and ease. Keeping a copy of your pet’s vaccination/health history on hand is also very useful if evacuation is required. Finally, preparing a pet disaster/first-aid kit can be the difference of a smooth versus rough execution to your plan. Some items to keep in your kit include the following (keep enough to last for 2 weeks): leash, collar/harness, id, bedding, toys, food, bowls, any medications your pet is on, heartworm/flea prevention, poop bags, litter box & scooper for cats, baby wipes, cleaning supplies, and more. If you have any questions about what to include in your pet’s kit, give us a call! It is never too early to prepare for a natural disaster, especially when it comes to our beloved pets.