Experts recommend pet owners to always be prepared for emergencies beforehand, to prevent potential problems from arising in most unpleasant conditions. Here are some pet safety tips for you to protect your furry companion should a disaster occur.
The need of evacuation during a natural disaster is very unlikely; having said that, ensuring pet safety during emergencies will make conditions a little easier to deal with and offer you peace of mind. You probably love your pet as a family member, so it makes sense to provide them safety just as much as you will do for your own family. Pack a full kit for the animal, make plans in case of evacuating and consider adding a layer of insurance in the unfortunate instance that you become separated from your furry companions.
1. Prepare a Kit
Just as we should have one, so should our pets. Having essential items in case of hurricane, wildfire, flooding, or even a power outage, being prepared will go a long way while you’re trying to get your pets to safety.
The kit must consist of food and water supply enough for at least five days, daily pet supplies (medicines, leash or harness, blanket and carrier), a current photo and descriptions of your pet in case they go missing.
Make sure to write down your pet’s feeding schedule, vet contact info and any necessary medical or behavioral information. This info must be printed on a paper and laminated, recorded in your phone or kept in a notebook along with copies of your pet’s vaccination records. Remember to update the notebook annually.
2. Map Out a Safe Haven
Make a list of pet-safe places before any disaster happens. Consider hotels that allow pets, also animal shelters or kennels within driving distance to see if they can take in animals during crisis.
Nicole Forsyth, president and CEO of RedRover in Sacramento, recommends you to get a “pet buddy”. Ask your friends, relatives and family members living nearby to see if they’re okay with offering your pet a shelter during emergencies until you get to safety. Make sure to give them what they need to access your pet in your absence.
3. Consider a Microchip
Microchip is a great way of keeping track of your pet and ensuring its safety if you’re separated. A recent research done in pet shelter indicates that pets with microchips have a higher chance of returning to their families. All you need to do, is to have a vet inject a microchip under your pet’s skin. You can register the chip online for about $20. It’s worth your furry friend’s safety in case they go missing and ends up at a shelter or vet’s place. The scanned chip will bring you two back together again.
Remember, your pets are counting on you. Pets are part of the family, and it’s imperative that they be included in all disaster plans. Whether it’s a tornado, a traffic accident, preparedness can save lives—and these tips will help you feel reassured that your family’s pets will be safe and cared for in any situation.