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Preparing Pets for Emergencies: Kelowna Hotels Can Help

September 27, 2017

Kelowna Hotel Pet Emergency Preparation

In the event of an emergency, it’s important to have a pet plan, including knowing which pet friendly hotel in Kelowna you can turn to.

When disaster strikes, a level head and a calm demeanour can be your biggest asset. From earth-scorching forest fires to flooding lakes and streams, there are a number of reasons why an emergency preparedness plan for both your family and your pets is a necessity.  If you need to be removed from your home for any period of time, it’s a good idea to figure out which Kelowna pet-friendly hotels can assist you during a trying time.


Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you plan for emergencies:


1. Develop a Pet Plan of Action

Start your plan by making a list of your go-to evacuation destinations. This can include pet-friendly family members that live nearby or hotels in Kelowna that will accept you and your furry family. Be sure to include the contact numbers and addresses and make sure everyone in your family has a copy.

The plan should also include:

Pet Information. It’s important to detail your pet’s information in your plan. This should include things like:

  • Name
  • Breed/Type
  • Age
  • Health concerns, including allergies
  • A list of recent vaccinations/medications/surgeries, etc.
  • Microchip/tattoo number

Be sure to include this detailed section with as much information as possible for each pet. 

Vet Information. If you have a number vet locations you visit, be sure to include all of the veterinary contact information in your plan. This includes the name of the clinic, the contact information, and, if possible, the name of the vet your pet typically sees.


2. Pack a Go Bag

Just as you would do for yourself and your non-fur-covered family members, your pets need an emergency go-bag too. If you’re faced with an evacuation situation, keep your pets’ bag with your own so you can grab them on your way out the door. Some of the items you should consider packing include:

  • Collars, leashes, muzzles
  • Enough pet food and water for at least three to four days
  • Treats
  • Food and water dishes
  • Copy of any medical records (vaccinations, etc.)
  • Medications
  • A snapshot of your furry companions

Bonus Tip: Simplify things by stashing all of your pets’ evacuation supplies in their pet carriers. It’ll make heading out the door in a hurry a little quicker.


3. Find a Pet-friendly Hotel in Kelowna

If you don’t have relatives in the area that can accommodate you and your furry buddies, get in touch with a Kelowna hotel that can take you all in. If you’re able to, set aside some cash in advance for the anticipated hotel stay. This will help you rest a little easier if/when an evacuation is ordered. 

Check out our previous post for a list of potential questions to pose when seeking out pet-friendly accommodations: Questions to Ask the Pet-Friendly Hotel Kelowna Experts.


4. Chat up the Neighbours

It’s a good idea to let your neighbours or trusted friends know where your pets’ go-bag is. In the event of an emergency, they may be able to grab your pet and their pack in your absence.


In the event of an emergency, or if you just need a pet-friendly place to stay, contact the team at the Best Western Plus Kelowna Hotel & Suites. We offer pet-friendly rooms, competitive rates, and a complimentary hot breakfast. Call us today:1-888-860-1212

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