By Nationwide, Special for USDR
Natural disasters affect every member of the family, including our pets. In an effort to keep our four legged family members safe and promote preparedness during the storm season, Nationwide, the nation’s first and largest provider of pet health insurance, has released its Natural Disaster Pet Safety Guide.
In anticipation of severe weather, Nationwide encourages pet owners to prepare a grab-and-go bag filled with essential pet supplies, including:
- Bottled water
- Pet food (enough for at least five days)
- Any medication your pet is on.
- Portable feeding bowls
- Collar with identification tag and cell phone number
- Current photos of your pets
- List of emergency contacts including your veterinarian
- Copy of pet vaccination records
- Leash for dogs, pet carrier for cats or small pets
- Waste bags
- First-aid kit
A pet carrier will provide your pet with safe housing on the go, and can be used to store all of your pet emergency items in one place. Keep food, water and medications current by rotating supplies on a periodic basis.
Locate Veterinary Resources
Pet owners should become knowledgeable of local emergency veterinary hospitals in their community and surrounding areas. If a pet becomes injured in the midst of a natural disaster, prompt veterinary care may help limit long term damage. The most common disaster related pet injuries are*:
Blunt Force Trauma
*Based on Nationwide’s database of more than 550,000 insured pets.
Locate a Pet Refuge
Nationwide encourages pet owners to familiarize themselves with local pet-centric resources within their area. Pet shelters are often used as temporary holding facilities for lost pets during a catastrophe. Awareness of pet friendly hotels outside the immediately affected area can prevent owners and their pets from being separated in the event of housing displacement.
“The effects of a natural disaster can have a major impact on the lives of household pets,” said Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for Nationwide. “We encourage pet owners to incorporate their pet’s well being into their storm preparations. Having the correct supplies and resources on hand can ensure a pet’s safety and prevent him or her from becoming separated from their family.”
Note to editors: For further data inquiries or to request Nationwide’s Pet Disaster Plan infographic, please contact Ryan Whittington at Rwhittington@petinsurance.com.
About pet insurance from Nationwide
With more than 550,000 insured pets, pet insurance from Nationwide, formerly known as Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), is the first and largest pet health insurance provider in the United States. Since 1982, Nationwide has helped provide pet owners with peace of mind and is committed to being the trusted choice of America’s pet lovers.
Nationwide plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. Wellness coverage for routine care is available for an additional premium. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Additionally, one in three Fortune 500 companies offers pet insurance from Nationwide as an employee benefit.
Insurance plans are offered and administered by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in California and DVM Insurance Agency in all other states. Underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (CA), Brea, CA, an A.M. Best A rated company (2013); National Casualty Company (all other states), Madison, WI, an A.M. Best A+ rated company (2014). Nationwide, the Nationwide N and Eagle, and Nationwide Is On Your Side are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. ©2016 Nationwide. Pet owners can find Nationwide pet insurance on Facebook or follow on Twitter. For more information about Nationwide pet insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit petinsurance.com.