The first step to keeping your pet healthy is to make an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as you bring a new pet into your home. Your veterinarian will assess your new pet’s health, complete an exam and begin a vaccination program. It will be necessary to make yearly visits to your veterinarian for heartworm testing, vaccinations and an annual exam. It’s crucial to keep your pet’s vaccinations up-to-date.
I keep my medical and vaccination records in my disaster supplies kit. For more information on pets and disaster, click here. And please remember that even if your pet howls and runs away at the site of a pet carrier, or barks incessantly when it enters the vet’s office, vomits on the exam room floor or shivers and shakes when it realizes that the surprise car ride will be ending at the vet’s office, your pet loves you for keeping it happy and healthy. The American Red Cross also offers first aid books for dogs and cats to help you prepare for pet emergenices.