In the case of any kind of natural disaster, a domestic pet is incredibly vulnerable. They rely on you to feed and shelter them, but emergency conditions may prevent you from doing so properly. With correct preparation, you can avoid this.
Considering a number of situations, you can ensure that your pet is either kept within a safe space or stands a chance at being rescued and reunited with you again in the case of emergency. Neglecting to plan for the unknown not only puts your own safety at risk but also seriously lowers any chance of your animal surviving disastrous conditions. The following tips will help you to plan for your animal in the unfortunate case of emergency.
1. Make Sure Your Pet is Microchipped
Whether disaster strikes or not, microchipping your animals is always a good idea. In the event of natural disaster, it is not uncommon for family pets to run away due to stress and fear. Ensuring that your animal is microchipped means that if this does happen, you are more likely to be reunited with your loved one. Even if you live in an area not regularly hit by earthquakes, bushfires or tornados, it always pays to provide your pet with sufficient means of identification.
2. Create a Pet Emergency Kit to Go With Your Own
Not only is it a good idea to make up an emergency and first aid kit for yourself in case you find yourself in the midst of an emergency, the same applies to your pet. Preparing a number of emergency supplies means that you won’t find yourself without the necessary means to look after your animal, whether they are hurt or you cannot access a supermarket or veterinary clinic. Include items such as a pet passport, a few days supply of tinned food, basic first aid supplies such as bandages and saline solution, and any medications that your pet takes regularly.
3. Consider Buying a Pet Rescue Sign for Your Front Door
While not an absolutely necessity, these signs are incredibly handy if your pet happens to be alone in the house during a disaster. A pet rescue sign informs rescue personnel and passers-by that an animal lives here and may require rescuing and/or medical attention. These signs can usually be purchased at your local pet shop or from PETA.
4. Formulate a Plan in Case You Aren’t Home
Working full time and day to day jobs will most likely prevent you from knowing for sure that you will be home for your animal in a crisis. If you have a regular pet sitter, consider discussing a plan with them, including where you keep any emergency supplies and any landmarks where they could go to meet you should they need to evacuate. If you do not have a regular pet sitter, make sure that you inform your neighbors that you own a pet, as they may be able to shelter or evacuate your pet with them. Exchange numbers so that you can get in touch with them should there be a natural disaster in your area.
5. Consider Where You Will Stay in the Event of Evacuation
There are a great many shelters and hotels that will not accept animals on their premises. For this reason, consider where you will take your pets if you need to leave your home. If you do not have a family or friend to stay with, research and compile a list of hotels that allow pets in cities or towns bordering your own. While you do not need to have a specific location in mind, researching ahead may reduce the chance of your animal being turned away in an emergency.
As a pet parent, your furry friend relies on you for their protection and safety. As you would your other family members, it is vital that you consider how you will care for your furry friend should a natural disaster strike your area!
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