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Are You Prepared?

Author: Calvert Veterinary Center

In the wake of a Natural Disaster there can be  thousands of misplaced or lost pets. Federal Agencies like the SPCA and the Humane Society can become so overburdened between conditions and the amount of animals which they are receiving.  In the event that an emergency of this magnitude happened locally would you be prepared and how could you be assured your furry family members would make it safely home to you?  We can help.

1) You can now access your pet’s vaccine records, request medications, and request appointments through our online app. Go to either Google play or itunes and search for AllyConnect (all one word). Click install, once the program is downloaded, click on “sign up” and enter the email address you have provided us, and set a password.  For additional instructions please ask any of our staff.
Once logged in you are able to:
- Add pictures of your pets:
o Click up Upload Image under the “Your Pets” section
- Upcoming appointments are listed under the “Upcoming appointments” section
- Request Appointments, Prescriptions or Products, Update info – click on the Requests tab
- To view specific pet info for the individual pets click on their name.
Google Play Quick link:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.allydvm.comet&hl=en
Itunes Quick link:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/allyconnect/id920690093?mt=8
2) Microchip your pet.  This is a sure way that if you had to evacuate in a hurry and were unable to take your pet with you, your pet would be identifiable. Unlike a collar or harness that may fall off, a microchip is a permanent identification.  Most shelters and veterinarians have a scanner and can scan a found pet.  When you register your information with companion animal recovery there is a trail that will lead them back to you if they would get lost.
3) Have an “Emergency Grab Bag” prepared.  Prepare a bag that you can grab easily in an emergency. See list on other side.
4) Have an “Emergency First Aid Kit”.  Prepare a small kit that can be used to clean and treat minor wounds. See list on other side.
5) Make an evacuation plan for your pet.  Contact hotels outside your immediate area to check on their policies on accepting pets and their restrictions. Also ask if “no pet” policies could be waived in case of emergency. Check with friends and relatives outside your area to see if they might be able to house your pets in case of emergency.  Remember, it is safest to transport cats and small dogs in carriers. 
6) Be aware of the local animal shelters that may take your pet in. You will need to know where to look for your pet if lost and will want to let them know if your pet has special needs in case they are rescued.  Also make sure all identification tags have a number to contact if you can’t return home.


Pet Emergency Grab Bag:

- Medications and medical records – store in a water proof container
- Leashes and harnesses
- Current photos of your pets for identification
- Food, water, bowls, cat litter and something to use as a litter pan
- List of feeding times, medical conditions, medication times and dosages, behavior problems, name and number of your veterinarian
- Small toys and bedding

Pet Emergency First Aid Kit:

- Latex gloves
- Gauze pads
- Scissors
- Adhesive tape
- Conforming bandage
- Antiseptic wipes
- Eyewash
- Tweezers
- Alcohol prep pads
- Rescue blanket
- Styptic pencil
- Pet first aid guide
- Tongue depressor
- Triple antibiotic ointment
- Cotton balls
- Cotton swabs
- Slip lead
- Bandana – can be used as a muzzle or to put pressure on any bleeding wounds.

Emergency Contact Numbers:

Calvert Veterinary Center
 410-360-PAWS (7297)

AAVEC (Emergency Center)
 410-224-0331

Catonsville Emergency
 410-788-7040

SPCA (AA Co.)
 410-268-4388

Animal Control (AA Co.) 410-222-8900 
Calvert Veterinary Center
4100 Mountain Road

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