Natural disasters can strike at any time; wildfires, earthquakes, torrential rains, and mudslides are just a few of the dishes Mother Nature can whip up at a moment’s notice.
By staying alert to possible tantrums from nature and being armed with knowledge beforehand, you can keep your pets safe, which will cause you less stress and anxiety.
Identifying Your Pet
Regardless of how strong a house or how safe an environment, when disasters strike, your pet could suddenly become loose. They would naturally be frightened, and even if you are home, they might flee to a place where they would feel safe.
Always have your pet microchipped with up-to-date information. If this isn’t possible for some reason, a collar with your contact information and any medications your pet might need, will help them return home to you ASAP.
Emergency Supply Kit
If you should have to leave home quickly, having an emergency bag packed and ready to go for your furbaby will be invaluable. Each pet is different and has different needs, but some items in your kit might include:
- A copy of recent vaccinations, especially important are rabies and parvo vaccinations
- A current photo of you and your pet for ID purposes
- Bottled water
- At least a 3-day supply of food
- Bowls for food and water
- A leash or harness
- Pet waste supplies (a bag and small shovel or a small box with litter)
- At least 3 days worth of medication
You might also want to include a toy or favorite blanket to comfort your pet
Pet Rescue Decals
You can purchase pet rescue decals in nearly every veterinarian’s office. These decals list how many cats or dogs you have at home or in your car should you not be at home or if you are unable to give this information to first responders. Put one on a window at the front of the house, one in the back, and then one on your car.
Find a Safe Shelter in Advance
Shelters are usually set up during natural disasters, however, they are sometimes designed for people and pets are not allowed. Find trusted family members or friends who should be out of harm’s way if a natural disaster strikes. You can also seek out animal shelters, find motels or hotels that are pet-friendly, or kennels where it might be safe to take your pet.
Invite and Involve the Entire Family
Should a disaster strike when you are not home, be sure that everyone in your household who is old enough to understand, knows where your pet’s emergency kit is, where the pet shelters are, and who they might turn to if they need more help. Keep items for your furbaby in easy reach so they can be reached by shorter family members.
Regardless of what happens, never ever leave your pet behind. Being prepared means that you can have at least a little peace of mind in this one area.
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