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Pet evacuation kit educates vets and clients

AVMA promotes numerous resources in advance of Hurricane Irma.

Pet evacuation kit educates vets and clients

Pet owners fleeing a potential disaster zone should carry a one-week supply of food and water for the animal and enough medication to last two weeks, the American Veterinary Medical Association advises.

The Schaumburg, Illinois, organization has created an online pet evacuation kit that veterinary teams may share with clients. The resources, found at http://bit.ly/2j2NC54, include a checklist of items that a pet might need in an emergency, such as first aid supplies, sanitation items and medical records.

“Saving the Whole Family,” a brochure that veterinary practices may purchase and hand out to clients, is available in English and Spanish. Another brochure, “Pet First Aid,” provides basic lifesaving information for owners.

The YouTube video “Disaster Prep and Your Pets,” narrated by Heather Case, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, may be viewed at http://bit.ly/2eGj4RA.

The AVMA kit was put together in early September as Hurricane Irma threatened the Caribbean and Florida.

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