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Master Minds: Pointers For Protecting Your Pet In Case Of Emergency

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

Hurricane season note experts started back in June, and as Long Islanders we have been repeatedly informed of how important it is to be prepared for a huge hurricane that could lead to significant property damage if not local “disaster”.

Yet, one of the things many of us may forget to consider when planning ahead for bad weather, is our pets. Yet, much like our children, they are part of our family and we (by choice) are responsible for taking care of and protecting them.

In fact, according to the Suffolk county SPCA, all pet owners should have a disaster kit ready and available for each pet. These kits should be stored in fire-free zones and definitely not in the kitchen or garage. Additionally they should be easily retrieved and kept in rodent and bug-free containers. Contents should furthermore be checked twice a year; around the time we change our clocks. Rotate all foods and replace with fresh food every two months. As far as what items your (pet) disaster kit should contain, here are a few professional suggestions.

·Toys or blankets your pet will find familiar
• A manual can opener
• A supply of stored drinking water
• Food, water and bowls for each pet
• Paper towels, plastic bags and spray disinfectant for animal waste clean-up
• Copies of your pet's medical and vaccination records. Remember, some boarding facilities may not accept your pets without proof of health.
• Extra supplies of medication or a copy of the prescription for these medications in your kit. Mark your calendar to replace medication before they expire.
• A recent photo of your pet.
• Your crate should be easily accessible and with enough room for your pet to stand up and turn around. Since animals may be sheltered in open facilities, make sure there is enough bedding to keep them warm. You should also label the crate with your pet's name, your name and where you can be reached.
• A first-aid kit should include only materials that you know how to use. Remember that if your pet has a problem and you do not know exactly what it is, you should consult a veterinarian. Useful items for a first-aid kit for pets include bandaging materials, animal antiseptic ointment, clippers, latex gloves and tweezers.

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