In case of emergency, prep for your pets
And just in time for tornado season, Petland of Mentor reminds me that these concerns are valid.
Should natural disaster, fire or other emergency strike, the American Red Cross recommends people assemble a kit with at least three days of supplies in an easy-to-carry container.
Petland of Mentor Operator Bob Ripley also recommends a kit of the following pet supplies:
• Food and water
• Collar and leash
• Carrying case for easy travel
• Small litter box or plastic bag
• Proof of current vaccination
• Recent photo of your pet (to eliminate confusion if your pet gets lost)
• Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems and your veterinarian's contact information (in case you have to board your pets or ask someone else to care for them)
• List of nearby hotels that accept pets
Make sure your pet wears identification, either a tag or microchip.
Keep your pet vaccinated. Many shelters required proof that your pet is up to date on its shots.
Post a sign in a visible place at your house so rescue officials know there's a pet inside that may need a helping hand, too.
Include pets in your drills to get them used to entering and traveling in their carriers easily.
Be aware that your pet's behavior may change. Keep a close eye on your pet to protect him/her and others from hazards and stress-related events.
Ohio's peak tornado season runs April through July, with most such storms occurring between 2 and 10 p.m. Hopefully your kit will never be needed, but it seems one can't be too cautious when it comes to keeping loved ones from harm.
-- Sandra M. Klepach, SKlepach@News-Herald.com