Many people today are thinking more and more about what they should do in case of a natural disaster or emergency. However, family dogs and other animals are often left out of the emergency planning and when something does happen they find themselves on their own. There are some things you can do to develop a plan that will protect you and your loved ones, including your canine companion.
First, it is important to consider what types of emergencies are common in the area that you and your pup live in. For example, if you live in California you may experience earthquakes, while in the northwest states you face the treat of blizzards. Knowing what to expect in your area will help you to be better prepared.
If you are familiar with the disasters that could come your way, you have a foundation to build on in taking defensive measures for you and your dog. Living on the coast is great, with its summer days and sea breezes, but when the hurricanes head your way you want to know where you and pup can go to wait out the storm.
It is vital to think of what you will do if the need to evacuate does come up. It may not always be feasible to keep pup with you in an emergency, so you need to always have a Plan B – who could you leave your dog with in an emergency.
A few options might be your veterinarian, relatives or friends, dog kennels or motels that allow pets. The best time to consider these options is before you see trouble heading your way.
Another good practice is to keep pup’s medical records with him wherever he goes.
There may be times a disaster happens so quickly that you are not able to move your pup, but you and your family must go. In this case, have “Pet Inside” labels ready to put on the front and back doors to alert any rescue personnel that come to your home.
While different emergencies may require different specifics for animal disaster kit there are some basics that every emergency package should have: bottled water, wet dog food for a couple of weeks, warm dog covers, bowls, a leash and collar, and a battery charged lantern.
By having a vaccine record, emergency personnel will know the health history of your pup and will be able to identify what treatments might be needed, if any.
A good option for your pup is to consider having a microchip put under his skin in case the two of you get separated. There are numerous stories of dogs who have been reconnected to their owners thanks to microchip technology.
If you will be gone from home for an extended period of time, be sure to coordinate with the person caring for your pup. Let them know where the emergency supplies are and plan a meeting location and time if something major happens while you are gone. This will avoid any confusion should a disaster occur while you are away.
By taking the time to plan out detailed steps of action in case of a disaster, you are being proactive in protecting yourself and your loved ones, including your beloved pup.