Protecting your pet during an emergency

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)- Violent storms, fires, floods or man-made disasters can strike at any time. These traumatic events can impacted treasured family pets. Don't forget to include your pets' unique needs when creating emergency plans.

Steve Kaufman, the executive director of the Animal Protective Association of Missouri (APA) discussed some ways to plan to protect animals with our Fox 2 team this morning. Kaufman also provided views with a free pet first-aid app.

Emergency preparedness experts advise every home should have an emergency supply kit and plans for how to stay safe when disaster strikes. People should make sure the kit and plan account for every member of the family, including pets.

Not only can severe storms make evactuation of your home a necessity; they can make pets so nervous they attempt to run away or get separated. For these occasions, it is important to implant microchips in your pets, and to have current information on their tags. The APA of Missouri can help you microchip your pet.

Knowing CPR and first-aid for pets is also a good way to be prepared. The American Red Cross offers classes in pet CPR. The Red Cross also offers a free first-aid app for everyday emergencies. The app has videos and simple step-by-step advice on pet first aid.

To get the app text "GETPET" to 90999 or search 'Red Cross Pets' in the Apple App Store, Google Play or Amazon Marketplace.

Pet owners should also make sure to get a backpack or small bag to create an emergency kit specifically for pets.

Top 10 tips for pet preparedness:

  • Food (pet's regular food)
  • Water
  • Leash and collar
  • Bowl(s)
  • Photo of your pet/ID and a photo of you with your pet
  • Medication your pet needs
  • Copies of immunization/vet records (Keep both updated)
  • Pet carrier
  • First aid kit
  • Contact list of pet-friendly hotels, veterinarians, American Red Cross, and out-of-town friends/family
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