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Preparing Your Pet For Disaster

Sunday, September 21, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

pet evacuationWhen Sandy hit several years ago, many people who owned pets were not properly prepared. You should always provide for the safety and well being of your pets as you would with other members of your family. Pets can become disoriented, frightened, or be injured during a time of a disaster and being ready can avoid a tragedy. Be aware that the way your pet reacts in time of disaster is based on instinct and fear.  Loud noises, moving ground if you live in an earthquake prone area , flashes of lightning and thunder,rising water levels, etc., can cause your pets to  abandon their usual places of safety to find new ones. For this reason, it is important to increase the chances of your pet being located and returned to you as the disaster event eases:

Here are some things that your should start doing right now!

  • Ensure that your pets are tagged or microchipped to make ownership clear.
  • Always keep your pets’ ID tags current with their name, your phone number, and your current address, including your email. Add both a landline and a mobile phone number.
  • Take digital photos of each of your pets. Print a copy for each pet; this will help you to ask others if they’ve seen your pet if you’re separated. It is also recommended to include a photo of yourself with your pet, in case you’re separated and people need to match you to your pet.
  • You can purchase a flashing collar or id tag. This can help locate your pet at night.
  • Always be aware of your pets hiding places. These should be checked first. You may find that your pet is in one of his common hiding areas.
  • Keep your pets immunization up to date. This is essential for protection of disease during an emergency situation.
  • Make a list of your pets’ medications. Write down the exact names of the medications.
  • Prepare a pet first aid survival kit.  It should be ready to grad at any time. The kit should include any medication, at least three days of food, water. When planning for emergencies, always include the amount of water for your pet as well as your family.
  • Harnesses and safety leashes.
  • Travel bowls for food and water.
  • A can opener for canned foods.
  • Photos of you and your pet in a plastic bag.
  • Emergency contact numbers.
  • Litter trays or bags for your dog.

Disasters are stressful for both us and our pets. Some come on without warning such as a fire. Be prepared. It could save your pets life.

Remember, your pets count!

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