Natural disasters seem to be in the news headlines more often in recent years and some types have been commonplace in certain areas such as ‘Tornado Alley’. Any form of natural disaster can bring chaos, tragedy, and catastrophe with it and sadly, animals are the ones most neglected in such circumstances. The Atlantic reported that over 600,000 animals were killed or stranded in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Hence, there is a dire need to form an emergency plan to ensure the safety of pets in such emergency situations.
PLEASE DON’T LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND – they may not manage to survive on their own or may run off in fear, never to be reunited with you again. So, as this is National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, we just wanted to reach out to all you fellow dog owners out there and help you form an emergency plan that ensures the safety of your furry family, should a disaster strike.
If you have a pet at home and haven’t formed an emergency plan yet, you should do it now before it’s too late. The first thing you need to do is to make an emergency kit for your pets. Have a look at the
suggested list below and, above all, make sure you keep it in a handy place, so it’s easy to grab when you really need it!
Some of the things that must be included in your canine companions’ emergency kit are:
- 3-day supply of water and food (MINIMUM) – You can never predict the intensity of disaster, so it is always a safe practice of having an adequate supply of food and water for the whole family
- 7-day supply of any medication your dog is taking PLUS a written copy of all medications, dosage instructions and any other health conditions, such as food allergies, that would be useful should you ever have to leave them with a boarding facility.
- Pet carrier – it can come in handy if you have to travel to another place with your pets.
- Lightweight bowls & can opener (if you stock canned food or you need to purchase additional supplies and that’s the only type available).
- Towels and Blankets for your pets
- Gloves and hand sanitizer for yourself
- Leash and Harness (ideally a harness with a handle, so you can easily lift your dog over hazards and obstructions, or into boats, especially if they get injured).
- Plastic bags
- Litter pan scoop
- Contact details of your veterinarian and local emergency animal shelters
- Copies of your pet’s vaccination certificates
- Microchip number
- List of pet-accommodating boarding facilities, should your whole family need a different place to stay for a while.
- A RECENT photo of your pet and a note containing your contact information – it might prove critical in reuniting you with your beloved pet, should you get separated from your pet in the chaos.
- Some treats and a favorite toy to lower stress levels and keep them occupied
Consider additional clothing such as weatherproof dog-coat, life vest or booties
To sum it up, it’s always better to prepare all the safety precautions such as this well in advance, so you can make any necessary improvements in good time, especially if you live in a high-risk area.
Don’t delay – check your safety measures are up to date and keep yourself and your loved ones (both human and furry) safe and sound in the case of any disaster!
Helen Broadley & the FidoActive Team
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