June Is National Pet Preparedness Month

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)- June is National Pet Preparedness Month and the Red Cross is encouraging pet owners to include pets in their emergency plans.

Before disaster strikes the Red Cross suggests to:

-Establish a disaster plan that includes family pets, to ease stress during time of disaster.

-Assemble a pet first aid kit to keep at home and in the car, in the event of a disaster or health emergency.

-Be aware of special hazards that can affect pets before, during and after a disaster.

-Keep an additional temporary collar in your supplies that include pets' current identification information and an out-of-area emergency contact.

-Make a list of boarding facilities and veterinarians who could shelter animals in an emergency; include 24 hour phone numbers.

More information can be found at www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/pets

Additionally the Red Cross Pet First Aid app is available to provide owners with enough information to recognize health issues and give first aid treatment through step-by-step instructions, videos and images. The app is 99 cents and available for iPhone and Andriod users by going to www.redcross.org/mobileapps.