As a well-prepared adult, you might already an emergency plan for natural disasters. You should have an emergency plan for your pups, too! Here are some ideas for precautions to take to protect your fur balls.
First, make sure that your dog has ID, whether in the form of a tag with your contact information or a microchip – or even better, both! If you get separated, then you can relocate your pup this way. You should also get your hands on a Rescue Alert sticker just in case!
Next, be aware that your pup may be able to sense the signs of a natural disaster way before a weather station does. This results in behavioral changes that might make him run away. If your pup starts panicking or you know a potential disaster may occur, bring your pup inside. Keep him away from other animals as well. You can use crates or carriers for this. And if you know a disaster is coming, figure out what it is and how to keep safe from it, and apply this to your pups.
If you need to evacuate, take your fur ball with you. Remember, Red Cross disaster shelters do not allow animals, so find other options. Some of these might be friends and family, pet hotels, a local shelter, animal control, or even your veterinarian. If you don’t need to evacuate but a disaster is coming, talk to the neighbors and ask them to keep an eye on your pups if you’re away (or ideally make arrangements to bring them with you).
Finally, have an emergency pet kit! Include at least five days’ worth of pup food, a feeding bowl, 7 days’ worth of bottled water, poop bags, and a pet first aid kit. You should also have an extra collar and leash, a blanket, some toys, a copy of your fur ball’s medical records, and a recent photo of your pup in case you are separated. If your pup takes medication, bring a two week supply, and it’s a good idea to prepare a pup carrier too.
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