One of the best ways to protect your family in a disaster is by having a good disaster plan, and that plan should include your pet. After many disasters, thousands of pets are left to fend for themselves, and most are lost, injured or even killed. To keep this from happening to your pet, consider the following.
Make a disaster kit for your pet. Just as you should have a disaster kit for your family, containing important papers and other key items, you should prepare a similar kit for your pets. It should contain the following:
- Medication and medical records in a waterproof container
- Leashes, harnesses and carriers for transporting pets
- A muzzle if your pet requires one
- Consider a muzzle even if you have a "gentle/friendly" dog. Even the "friendliest" dog will snap or bit during extreme distress of a disaster, especially in a new area and/or if the dog believes it is protecting you
- Food and water for three days; a manual can opener
- Current photo and description of your pet in case you become separated
- Name and phone number of your veterinarian
- Insurance company contact information and policy number, if you have pet insurance
Find a Safe Place Ahead of Time
- Contact hotels and motels outside your immediate area to check policies on accepting pets
- Make a list of boarding facilities and veterinarians outside your area that might be able to shelter pets in an emergency. Include emergency phone numbers
- Ask your local Humane Society or emergency management agency for information regarding community disaster response plans which might include pets
- In the event you are not home when disaster strikes, make advance arrangements to have a friend pick up your pet and meet you at a specified location
- Make sure your friend knows where your Pet Emergency Kit is located!
After the Storm
- Once you return to your home, don't allow your pets to roam loose. Familiar landmarks and smells might be gone, and your pet may be disoriented. Pets can easily get lost in these situations.
- Be patient. Try to get your pets back into their normal routines as soon as possible, and be on the lookout for stress-related behavioral problems - if these persist, talk to your veterinarian
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