How to prepare your pet for the total solar eclipse

(Photo taken by Tristan Fortsch/KATU News on July 29, 2017)

You've probably set your plans for the solar eclipse in less than two weeks, but do you know if your pet is prepared?

Oregon's highways are expected to be clogged from Saturday through Monday (possibly Tuesday), so the experts at DoveLewis Animal Hospital recommend you are prepared to handle an emergency with your pet ahead of time.

“Changes in routine can be stressful to animals, so being prepared is the best thing you can do for your pet,” Dr. Coby Richter with DoveLewis said in a news release. “Know which emergency veterinarians are in your area, bring copies of your pet’s registration and vaccines, and pack a basic pet first aid kit for your car.”

Here's a list of tips from DoveLewis:

  • Pack a pet first aid kit. Keep a first aid safety kit at home and in your car. Make sure to include essential medical record information, including your pet’s name, age, breed, gender, microchip number, vaccine history, and any pre-exiting health problems. First aid is not a substitute for veterinary care, but it could save your pet’s life or prevent further injury until you see a veterinarian. See a full list of recommended supplies:
  • Update your pet’s microchip and tags. August 15 is National Check the Chip Day, so use it as an opportunity to make sure your contact information is accurate for a better chance to be reunited if your pet is lost. (For tips on updating your pet’s microchip:
  • Keep important phone numbers on hand. Add the following organizations’ phone numbers to your phone contacts and include them in your pet first aid kit: DoveLewis Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital (503-228-7281) and Animal Poison Control Center (888-426-4435).
  • Know where you can take your pet for emergency veterinary care. If you are out of town, keep a list of clinics in the area. If you are staying in town, consider alternative routes in case of traffic congestion. DoveLewis is open 24/7 every day of the year.
  • Practice car safety. Pets should be crated or restrained when riding in a car. They should not ride in the front passenger seat or in the back of open pickup trucks, and they should not stick their heads out of the window.
  • Never leave a pet in a car on a warm day. Even with the windows cracked, it can only take a few minutes for the temperature in a vehicle to rise to heatstroke-inducing levels.
  • Plan for traffic. Pack extra supplies of pet food and water in case you are stranded or delayed. Stop at least every three to four hours for adult dogs and every two hours with puppies to let them walk on a leash.
  • If your pet is staying home, plan for delays. Make sure the person caring for your pet at home is available for extended hours in the event of a traffic delay.

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