Preparing your pets for an emergency

No one really likes to think about a natural (or other) disaster happening in their backyard but it is a good idea to be prepared. We see it on the news and think I really should be putting together a plan. Maybe this is a good time to start implementing that plan.

Most all families have a workable plan in case of emergency’s and some families even run drills. But do you include your fur children in those drills? A guideline  to follow is that if it is to dangerous for you to consider staying then your pet needs to be taken out of that situation as well. Never leave a pet tied to a tree assuming someone will be able to come for them.  If for some reason you are not able to take your pet try organizing a friend or relative who would be willing to take them in. It only takes a few phone calls to make these plans and it literally could save your pets life.  Everyone’s nightmare of course would be a disaster striking while you are not at home. Just like a parents call list, develop a chain of friends who in an emergency would automatically include you pet in their evacuation plans.

Find the local designated shelters in your area (a school, community centre etc) and start your plan from that point. Are there any boarding facilities around? Maybe you would prefer sourcing out a pet friendly motel, so the entire family can stay together. Don’t rely on your memory once your plan is in place. Gather all your information and write it down. It is a good idea to get a waterproof bag and tuck all that information away. Consider including a recent picture of you and your pet, vaccination records, any health issues, your Veterinarians number and address and of course your name and address. Keep it in a handy easy to grab spot along with all your other essentials.

Here is a list of things you can do to be pet prepared:

  • 3 day supply of food, check annually for expiration dates
  • 3 day supply of water designated just for your pet
  • A carrier large enough to carry and house your pet if needed
  • Room permitting some toys and familiar bedding.
  • Dishes
  • Litter tray/litter
  • LED light
  • Leash
  • Any Medications your pet requires, again check regularly the expiration dates.
  • Emergency medical kit, we suggest visiting your Veterinarian to develop one suited to your pets needs.
  • Make sure your pet is micro-chipped and the contact information on the micro chip is up to date.
  • Keep you carrier and go bag in a place you can get to quickly . The idea is to grab and go.

I hope you find this guide useful. It literally could save your pet’s life.

Author Bill and Sammy Carl                         

Sources: Ontario.ca/beprepared

ready.gov.animals