Its not so wuff to be a responsible pet owner if you stay pawsitive and prepare yourself with these helpful tips to keep your pet protected during a natural disaster.
Maintain a pet emergency kit with sufficient supplies for each pet…
-A leash, harness, or pet carrier (large enough for your pet to stand and turn around in), a muzzle for any dog with habits of being agressive or efensive around other people or dogs. Also include a stake and tie-out for each dog.
-A properly fitting collar with a securely affixed license tag (for dogs) & ID tag (listing your address and phone number). Dogs and cats should wear a collar & tag at all times, whether or not they normally go outdoors. All animals should have some type of identification. Microchip your pet for permanent identification and keep your information current with the company and your local animal shelter database.
-Transportable containers with at least a week’s supply of water and pet food (preferably dry), a table, unbreakable water bowl or dispenser and sturdy food bowl or feeder. Include a manually operated can opener and plastic can lid for canned food.
-A copy of your current veterinary records, including rabies and wellness vaccination certificates. As least a weeks work of any needed medicines and supplies, in a waterproof container. (Proof of current baccinations may be required by boarding facilities).
-A pet first aid guide and supplies including wound cleaning, dressing, and bandaging material.
-Maintain an accessible and secure list of phone numbers & addresses of local organizations that may be able to provide emergency assistance, including your veternarian, animal control department, humane society, state and county veternarians, and the American Red Cross.
Never leave your pet chained outside if you evacuate your home. You may not be able to return to care for them for an extended period of time. Structural damage to your home or animal enclosure may enable your pet to escape, or permit other animals, pests, or the elements to enter and endanger your pet.
Listen to local emergency broadcast radio stations for information on emergency shelters and holding areas that may be avalable to temporarily house your pets and livestock.
Locate and map kennels, veternary facilities, or other animal boarding facilities facilities and pet friendly lodging near your home and along primary and alternate evacuation routes(s) in and out of your county.
Be prepared to quickly evacuate your home if you become aware of any unreasonable risk of harm that is likely to endanger your neighborhood. DON’T wait till the last minute.
Start a buddy system with people in your neighborhood who will check on your animals in case you’re away from home during an emergency. Consider including authorization for your buddy to request emergency veternary treatment for your animal(s) in your absence.
Enjoy this idea with your own printable Pet Preparedness resource.