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Pets and Wild Animals
Find your missing pets:
- Don’t panic. Most dogs and cats will stay close to their homes or will try to
- Call your pet’s name often.
- Leave food and water near the home site to entice your pet to return, but realize
you may attract other animals as well.
- Your pet may be hiding or trapped in the home, even if your house has been
- Take a carrier or a slip leash when searching for your pet. A scared pet may try to
escape if you try to carry it home.
- Contact local animal shelters and humane societies with descriptions of your pet.
Attend to a missing pet when found:
- Use a blanket to cover and wrap the pet, offering comfort and protection.
- Check for injuries.
- Injured pets need immediate professional attention.
- Give your pet access to plenty of clean drinking water.
- Give your pet a gentle bath to wash away any contaminants.
- If your pet has been missing for several days and is on routine medications,
call your veterinarian.
Care for injured or sick pets immediately:
- Carefully wrap an injured pet in a blanket and pick it up by the ends of the
blanket. This is the best way to avoid making the injury worse.
- An injured pet is especially likely to bite or scratch. Protect yourself.
- Get the animal to a veterinarian immediately.
Expect a change in your petís behavior:
- Your pet will be extremely upset. Don’t expect normal behavior after a crisis
- Your cat or dog may try to run back into an unsafe home after you have rescued
it. Do not chase the pet.
- If possible, wear thick clothing and gloves when handling your pet. Biting and
scratching is normal behavior for an extremely scared pet.
- Your pet may not be hungry for a few days due to shock.
Be cautious of wild animals:
- Do not attempt to rescue injured wildlife. These animals may bite or scratch
or be diseased. Call the Department of Natural Resources or other wildlife
organizations in your area.
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