Always Be Prepared: The Best Ways To Include Your Pets In Disaster Planning

Always Be Prepared: The Best Ways To Include Your Pets In Disaster Planning

Planning is incredibly important. While you can’t predict natural disasters, a little advance planning can go a long way.

According to Dr. Loukia Agapis, a veterinarian at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana, an emergency response plan and a well-stocked emergency kit are the beginnings for perfect planning. This emergency plan should cover meet-up locations both within your neighborhood and outside of it, and a person who lives farther away from you who you can act as a call center in the case of separation. But importantly, it should also include your pets.

You should have a disaster kit that is specific to your pups that has enough supplies for their everyday needs. Food, water, any medication, and bowls are needed, as well as collars, IDs, and leashes. Blankets, carriers, poop bags, and some toys should also be part of the equation. Photographs and medical records of your pup should also be kept on hand, especially in case of separation. You should also have a list of pet boarding facilities. Learn more about how to prepare for your pup for natural disasters here.

There may be some cases where you will have no choice but to leave your pup behind. If rescue workers and emergency responders instruct you to do so, trust that they know what is best. They are committed to saving every member of your family, even the furry ones, and would not ask you to leave your pets behind unless it was absolutely necessary. Keep in mind that pets have natural instincts that warn them of natural disasters. They are likely to be able to find places to hide out and are more than capable of surviving on their own.

If you have to leave your pups behind and have some control of the situation, then be sure not to leave any openings for your pup to let themselves out of the house, and make sure they are not tied up. Leave out sufficient food and water in heavy bowls, and try not to leave unfamiliar foods or treats in easy to get to areas to avoid your pup becoming tempted by them. Leave detailed information regarding your pups and other pets, and make sure your pup has his ID and collar on. Learn more about keeping your pup safe during disasters here.

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