Richmond, VA, June 12, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- The Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA) (http://www.vvma.org/) has announced the release of a podcast discussing how families can keep their pets safe during a hurricane or other emergency situation. In the podcast, Samuel Tate, D.V.M., secretary of the board of directors for the Virginia State Animal Response Team (VSART), provides advice for both cat and dog owners to help them prepare for a hurricane or tropical storm and prevent separation.
Dr. Tate offers the following tips for pet owners during hurricane season:
- To help identify pets if separated, make sure the animal is microchipped and the chip is registered and current. Pet owners should have a photo of themselves holding their pet to prove ownership.
- Make sure pet vaccinations are current, and keep a copy of the record.
- In case of evacuation, put together all needed pet supplies, including enough pet food for at least three days, a gallon of water per pet per day, pet medications and medical records, a pet first aid kit, an extra collar with identification tags, a leash or harness, cleaning supplies and paper towels in a waterproof container.
- If a voluntary evacuation is issued, leave at that time. Do not wait for a mandatory evacuation because traffic will be heavy, and many pets do not travel well in vehicles.
- Always transport a cat in a carrier for safety purposes.
- Crate train dogs early in order to acclimate the animal to the crate. Otherwise, the dog will be uncomfortable and rambunctious at a pet-friendly disaster shelter.
To hear the rest of Dr. Tate’s advice, download the podcast at http://bit.ly/13I0Bqs.
“With the upcoming stormy summertime weather we might encounter from the coast, it is important for pet owners to have an emergency preparedness plan for any type of disaster so that they are ready to take care of themselves and their families until the danger has passed or assistance can arrive,” said Tate. “In the event of an emergency, owners should not leave their pets behind. If it is not safe for them, it is not safe for their animal.”
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About The Virginia Veterinary Medical Association :
The Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA) is a professional organization of veterinarians dedicated to preserving and enhancing the quality of human and animal life through veterinary medicine. The organization aims to establish and enhance open communication between members of the association and industry representatives. The VVMA provides continuing education programs and conferences, supports its members through mentoring programs, lobbies on behalf of the interests in the field of veterinary medicine and serves as an advocate and voice for the Virginia veterinary medicine community. For more information, visit http://www.vvma.org, or call (800) 937-8862 or (804) 346-2611.
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