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Posted on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 : 8:49 a.m.

Prepare your cat or dog for winter storms; create an emergency kit for pets

By Judy DiForte

Most Michiganders know how to prepare the family for a coming winter storm. But don't forget about your pets! Among the many things we do for clients, The Betty Brigade offers pet care. Here are some tips for making sure our pets have what they need during a winter storm:

* Keep at least one gallon of water per day and at least three days' worth of food in cans or in an an airtight container. Make sure you have food and water bowls and a manual can opener.

* Have an extra supply of any medications your pet takes, along with your pets' medical records and information on feeding schedules and medical conditions. Keep paperwork in a zip lock bag.

* Talk to your vet about what your pet's emergency medical kit should include. Commonly, you will need cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors, antibiotic ointment, latex gloves, rubbing alcohol and a pet first aid manual.

* Your pet should wear a collar with an ID tag at all times, and you should have a leash nearby.

* If the pet is small enough, have a sturdy crate or carrier ready to transport the animal if necessary.

* Have pet litter and litter box, if needed, newspapers, plastic trash bags and chlorine bleach.

* Make sure you have at least one picture of you and your pet together if needed to identify you as the owner, should you and your pet become separated.

* Keep favorite toys, treats and bedding for your pet. These can help reduce stress during an emergency situation.

* Snuggle!

Judy DiForte is a professional organizer for The Betty Brigade, an Ann Arbor-based comcierge company specializing in moving coordination, organizing, event planning and pet care. Contact her by leaving a comment here or emailing her at