The possibility of a disaster seeping in especially during these uncertain times runs high and as pet parents we have spent many evenings worrying for our pet’s safety wondering what measures we should take if such a scenario were to crop up. There is nothing worse than having to leave behind our precious friends during emergencies. Emergencies appear in different forms ranging from fires, hurricanes and earthquakes to floods! No matter what, do not leave your pet out of evacuation plans as this can put your friend in grave danger. Since, disasters come unannounced, we need to batten down the hatches now!
Here are a few steps you can take now to make sure your pet is not left out during emergencies!
1) Collars with up-to-date information
Your pet’s collar should have their name, your address and contact number and illness if any. This will be incredibly useful if your pet were to get lost.
2) Put together a Pet Disaster Kit
Your Pet Disaster Kit should contain a collection of basic items and supplies your pet may need in the time of an emergency such as week’s supply of food, water and medication.
Other important elements include:
Photocopied records of vaccinations, rabies certificate, registration information, recent photographs of you with your pet, contact information and microchip information.
A microchip is a permanent method of identification for your pet and it is roughly the size of a grain of rice.The chip will contain all the necessary information about your pet and it is placed under your pet’s skin. This chip has a unique number which can be read by any scanner. Microchips ensure you are never separated from your pupper!
3) Plan Ahead
In the event of an evacuation, most places do not accommodate pets. Hence, you should identify beforehand shelters or other friends willing to host your pet for a few days. Some veterinary hospitals might do this service too. Do not wait until an emergency to figure these details out. If the area you live is especially prone to disasters, it's a good idea to have an outline of your evacuation plan and temporary shelter options for your pet.
Having a list of designated caregivers in the event of an emergency is another wonderful option. They should be informed beforehand and you should have their full consent before you proceed with this decision. The designated caregivers should be given all the important information about your pet from upcoming vaccination details to behavioural tips.
4) Pet First-Aid Kit
The First-Aid Kit should contain:
- Cotton Balls
- Adhesive Tape
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Antibiotic Ointment
- Milk of Magnesia
For more important information regarding medicines, doses and mode of application, kindly consult with your vet.
5) Stay Close to Your Pet
Through the evacuation and after the evacuation has finished successfully, you need to be vigilant and stay very close to your pet. By doing this you can be confident your pet is never lost and your pet can be confident by staying close to you. Comfort them, pat them and talk to them in hushed tones to let them know that they are safe and everything is alright.
Almost everything about our world is unpredictable but staying confident, preparing beforehand and focusing on getting to safety instead of losing hope can make all the difference in your life and on those dependent on you!