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HHS HealthBeat (May 22, 2014)

Pet preparedness

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

When pets are part of the family, getting everyone to safety before a disaster can require some extra planning. At HHS’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Dr. Karen Iovino says people need a go kit with supplies for evacuation – and pets need a go kit, too:

"All the things that you would need for your pet – a bowl, a leash, enough of their regular food for a couple of days, and a copy of the vaccination record."

She also says the kit should include any medication, a possible favorite toy, and maybe some bedding.

Assuming you don’t need to evacuate, you would need to replace the food and medicine with fresh from time to time. And even if there’s no disaster, having a kit in the car means your pet is ready for travel when you are.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: May 22, 2014