Those who enjoy and care for animals might wish to assist with McCART. McCART prepares for the care and rescue of pets and livestock during emergencies and disasters. Members may be working alongside veterinarians, assisting them in care, or in other areas as needed.
If you’re interested in serving on the McCART, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Five Ways to Protect Your Pet in Stormy Weather
By Dr. Alicia Gorcyca-Southerland, Staff Veterinarian,
OK Dept of Ag
- Practice taking your pet into your storm shelter. Cats and small dogs should be in pet carriers. Larger dogs should get plenty of practice and plenty of rewards for going up and down steps into shelter. Be sure to practice when the weather is dry and sunny instead of waiting until a dog is nervous about the weather.
- Identify your pets with collars that have name tags and/or rabies vaccine tags attached. The name tag should give basic contact information so emergency personnel can get in touch with you.
- Microchip all pets. This simple procedure can be done in any vet’s office and will place a small microchip just under the animal’s skin. Emergency personnel will scan the animal to read the chip and get the owner’s information from a database.
- Prepare an emergency kit for your pet. This kit should include a small first aid kit, a food bowl, a 3-day supply of your pet’s food, water, a spare collar, a leash and the pet’s favorite toy.
- Have a first aid kit for your pet. One of the most common wounds that can occur on your pets are injuries to the paw pads from storm debris. Your kit should include very basic items like antibiotic ointment, cotton balls, and flexible bandaging material. Your family veterinarian can help you design a kit specific to your pets.
“The most important thing I can tell you is to make sure your dog or cat wears a collar with a name tag and has a microchip.”
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