Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Severe Weather Plans Are Needed For Family Pets

We are just entering spring and the traditional severe weather season is still weeks away. But in the first two months of 2012, the United States has already experienced a reported 128 tornadoes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In comparison, those two months combined averaged 50 tornadoes during the past three years. And the 2012 hurricane season doesn't begin until June.

North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), along with numerous other organizations, have compiled useful resources to help pet care providers and pet owners prepare for these weather events.

The following link takes you to excellent resources for disaster planning for all our companion animals -- dogs, cats, horses, fish, birds, and other farm animals.

Take the time now, ahead of the severe weather season, to put a plan together.  As noted in the AVMA's emergency planning booklet, "Saving the Whole Family," emergency planning for our family members includes our pets and other animals.  Let's get prepared now.

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