This year, Social Media brought us vivid images of people, places and pets all scrambling to survive the oncoming path of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and most recently Hurricane Maria.
Over and over again, preparedness was emphasized and preparing for pets was not neglected. Now that the immediate dangers have past, we wanted to remind you to prepare NOW for an emergency. Even if it is only getting out of your house while it is being renovated:
There’s a lot to think of when preparing for an emergency,so it’s important to plan ahead. But where do you start? And how do you make sure your pets are taken care of. And what if you have a senior dog with special needs? It’s even more stressful for our senior pets. It’s important to make sure your senior can find comfort and solitude in the chaos.
Here’s a quick guide to help you start planning for your pets now. For a complete and comprehensive Preparedness Checklist, go to the CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/features/petsanddisasters/index.html
Prepare your dog’s overnight emergency kit with these items. Consider the possibility that you could be away from home for several days or more:
- Food (in waterproof containers or cans) and water. Don’t forget bowls.
- Vet info and phone numbers
- Microchip info and number
- Extra leash or harness
- Familiar items like a dog bed or toy
- Bring your vet info and contact numbers. Make sure to keep all papers in a waterproof container.
- Prepare a handout with your dogs ID information, picture and contact phone numbers (in case you get separated). Include family back up numbers in case you can’t be reached.
- Keep a list of pet friendly shelters. Unfortunately, not all shelters allow pets. Know the ones that do, so you’re not caught off guard or sent away at the last minute.
- And, no matter what, Be Safe!