Keeping Pets In Mind When Making Disaster Preparations

As the​ weather gets warmer,​ weather conditions can change quickly. Recent hurricanes taught us many hard lessons,​ but one of​ the​ clearest was that pets left behind in​ a​ disaster don't fare well. Here are some tips to​ help prepare your extended family for almost anything:

• Keep a​ pet carrier ready. Hard-sided carriers and crates often end up in​ attics or​ basements,​ gathering dust until the​ annual veterinary visit. if​ you​ live in​ an​ area that is​ frequently at​ risk for weather-related disasters,​ keep your carrier/crate out where it​ can be easily accessed.

• Prepare a​ disaster kit for your pet. Include food for five to​ seven days,​ jugs of​ water,​ a​ nonbreakable bowl,​ litter,​ any medication your pet may be taking,​ a​ recent photo (in case your pet gets loose and you​ need to​ prepare "lost animal" posters or​ prove ownership in​ order to​ retrieve her from a​ shelter),​ a​ harness or​ collar and leash and a​ thick bath or​ beach towel for safe handling during stressful times.

• Give your pet an​ identification tag. Nationally,​ only about 2 percent of​ stray cats turned into shelters are ever reunited with their guardians,​ though dogs fare somewhat better at​ approximately 16 percent. at​ the​ very minimum,​ a​ dog should always wear a​ license tag on​ his or​ her collar. While a​ few communities license cats,​ most do not. Get your cat a​ break-away collar and identification tag with your cell phone number on​ it​ as​ soon as​ possible. if​ your pet wasn't microchipped at​ the​ time of​ adoption,​ ask your veterinarian to​ inject your pet with this permanent identification tool and be sure to​ keep the​ microchip registry updated whenever you​ change contact information.

• Organize a​ neighborhood pet watch. Trade keys with a​ neighbor who works from home to​ ensure someone is​ available to​ care for-or even evacuate-your pet in​ case of​ an​ emergency,​ when you​ can't be there. Provide them with a​ list of​ your pet's favorite hide-outs,​ as​ stressed animals are particularly adept at​ disappearing. Let police and fire officials know you​ harbor animals by placing a​ "Pets Inside" decal in​ the​ window of​ your front door. Make sure to​ remove the​ decal when you​ move or​ no longer have a​ pet,​ to​ ensure rescue workers do not endanger themselves looking for pets that are no longer there.

These four easy steps will help you​ not only protect your animal pals from being left behind when violent weather strikes,​ but help you​ and your family reach safety with as​ much peace of​ mind as​ possible. Only one last task awaits. Make sure your community disaster plan makes provisions for animals as​ well as​ people.
Keeping Pets In Mind When Making Disaster Preparations Keeping Pets In Mind When Making Disaster Preparations Reviewed by Henda Yesti on August 17, 2018 Rating: 5

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