2020 has been quite the year. In the midst of everything that’s gone on with the pandemic, some areas have also seen tropical storms & hurricanes. This resulted in a loss of power for thousands of households. For those who have pets, disasters of this sort, or worse, makes you realize you’ll need a plan to fall back on to make sure everything is taken care of.
A pet emergency kit is always a necessity to have at home. It’s also important to have a plan in place to carry out in the worst case scenario. Our pets are worth it at the end of the day. In assistance, here are always some things to keep in mind.
Know Your Area
Depending on where you live, you will most likely know the disruptive events that occur in your area. Some homes are susceptible to earthquakes, hurricanes, blizzards, etc. Identifying which natural disasters you’re likely to face is a good starting point. For example, if you live in an area where hurricanes aren’t uncommon, you’ll want to check some facts such as your home’s flood history and elevation level to assist with your plan.
Create a Plan
Next is creating your plan. Above all, you must be able to act quickly. Disasters can do much damage in short time periods. You plan to leave or take cover must include making sure your pet is safe and involved. It’s always good to contact a vet or animal shelter to see what their available capacity is. Even preparing to stay at a friend’s house which is pet-friendly would work. It’s even better if your family can stay together with your pet.
If you choose to stay at a vet’s office, it’s important to have copies of your dog’s vaccination records. Some offices will not allow just any dog to stay in their facilities. It’s always important to have back-up plans and necessary records on hand. When things get frantic, there’s a lot of unpredictability involved. The important thing is to have several options outlined in your pet evacuation plan.
If you need to separate from your pet after dropping them off, it’s always good to have emergency contacts who can check on your pet if needed. Ask a neighbor or close friend in the area if they’d be able to do routine quick check-ins on your pet.
Emergency Kits for Dogs
This emergency contact should know where to access your pet’s emergency kit as well. This kit should consist of essentials such as bottled water, food, bowls, toys & blankets, leash & collar, life jackets (for extreme cases), flashlights, medications, plus whatever you deem necessary. You should check on the kit every few months to make sure everything is still in order and fresh.
Our pets are important parts in our lives, and we must remember to take their safety under consideration, no matter what may occur.
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