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- Plan Ahead: There are many shelters that do not accept pets. Asking family and friends ahead of time to be accessible or to have a list of pet-friendly hotels will save you stress
- Practice with your pets: Pets and stress bring out odd behaviors. Like children, if you practice at quiet moments, it will be more familiar to them if a disaster struck. Make sure your dog is practiced entering and exiting a vehicle and has a ‘come; command. Make sure you put your cat in and out of a carrier and know their ‘come’ calls (opening canned food, calling their name, etc..)
- Pack and Emergency Kit: For a great checklist, I recommend Pet360’s top 10 pet emergency kit items
- Protect your Pets when they are home alone: Display a pet alert sticker near an open front area of your home showing types and number of pets, note if they are indoor only animals or both and list your Veterinarians number on that sticker.