Preparedness in the time of COVID-19
It’s not fun to think about. It’s even less fun to plan for, but right now, it’s more important than ever to have a set plan for your pet in case you get sick and aren’t able to take care of them. Don’t wait – gather the members of your household (two-legged and four-legged) and walk through the following steps to ensure your animals will be well cared for in the event of an emergency.
- Have information ready: Does your pet require special medicine? Do they get along with other people’s pets and children? Are they a door-dasher? Take stock of your pet’s needs and personality and make sure that there is someone who is able to handle the needs of your pet in case you get sick. While you’re preparing information, ensure that your pet(s) is up-to-date on vaccines and medication.
- Inform People: If you do become too ill to physically care for your pet or you need to be hospitalized, who can take over for you? Is there anyone else in your home who could help? A neighbor, friend, coworker, or family member who could take them in? The most important thing you can do is come up with several potential pet plans and talk directly with those people so they’re prepared in case they’re called to action. Is this person aware of your wishes regarding your pet and their continued care in the event you are unable to give them guidance? Consider writing out these wishes to provide them with those directions. In the event that no one is able/willing to help, check if your local boarding facility might be able to board your pet if necessary and what their requirements are.
- Prepare a pet supply kit. It may not seem necessary today, but we promise it will be hugely helpful if you find yourself in an emergency situation without the ability to track down the proper supplies. Bonus: Even if you don’t need it now, you’ll have it prepared in case of another natural disaster or emergency situation. Your kit should include the following, as best as you’re able:
- Name & contact information for the person who can care for your pets
- Name & contact information for your back-up in case your go-to is no longer able to help
- Food, treats, collar or harness, a leash, a couple of toys, and any other supplies necessary to care for your pet for at least two weeks
- A crate or carrier to transport your pet
- Vaccination records
- Collars with ID tags (and don’t forget to make sure your pet’s microchip information is up to date)
- Medications and prescriptions, along with a list of instructions
- Daily care instructions/ tips & tricks
- Contact information for your veterinary clinic
4. Get supplies: There is no need to hoard pet supplies, but it’s not a bad idea to have an extra bag of food or a box of treats on hand. Order a few extra supplies from your favorite online pet retailer and have it delivered to your door. Your pet will thank you when they have a little extra to rely on. Go ahead and get them a fun new toy to play with while you’re all #stayinghome!