Preparing Your Pets for Emergencies

Posted by Brooke Donald on Apr 11, 2019 10:10:04 AM

95% of pet owners in the United States consider their pets to be part of the family, and nearly 70% of American households have a pet. Is there anything you wouldn’t do for family? In an emergency situation, your pets may be rendered helpless. If a hurricane, tornado, flood, or fire struck tomorrow, would you and your pets be prepared?

Locating Your Pet

Collars or harnesses with identification can be critical if you are separated from your pet. Even though microchips have been proven useful in reuniting pets with their owners, an ID tag is the fastest and easiest way to get a lost pet home. You can order a Pet Safety Pack from the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) by filling out this form. The Pet Safety Pack includes a pet rescue window decal to alert authorities of any animals who may need to be rescued in the case of an emergency. 

Pet Health Insurance

Routine annual veterinary care typically costs between $200 - $400 for dogs and $90 - $200 for cats. Unexpected veterinary care for dogs and cats can be between $800 - $1,500 according to Petplan, and only 39% of Americans have enough savings to cover emergency vet bills. Pet Insurance can help ease your mind if an emergency situation occurs. The decision to invest in Pet Insurance can be influenced by many variables including cost, coverage, and exclusions.

Prepare a Pet Emergency Traveling Kit

The majority of people have an emergency kit for their families, but what about your pets? Your pets are especially vulnerable considering they are unable to fend for themselves, that’s why it’s a good idea to have a pet emergency kit. Similarly to a regular emergency kit, it is recommended to include water, food, and medications. In addition to that, we recommend packing proof of ownership and recent vaccinations, leashes, and ID tags in your pet emergency kit.

How Encircle Assists in Emergency Situations

Encircle is a platform used to connect homeowners, insurance companies, and restoration contractors. As a homeowner, you can make a detailed home inventory using our free home inventory app, making it much easier to file a claim and receive proper compensation in the event of an emergency. Start your home inventory now by downloading our app!

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Topics: Home Inventory, Homeowner

About the Author: Brooke Donald

Brooke Donald

Brooke is the Marketing Coordinator at Encircle. She loves traveling, coffee, and her dogs.