Be Prepared for your Pets in an Emergency!

Though September is officially Disaster Preparedness Month (FYI June is Pet Emergency Preparedness Month) you should make sure you are prepared to keep your pets safe and healthy in the event of an emergency year-round.

Would you know what to do if your dog was choking, severely cut, or bite by snake?

Seconds and minutes matter.

It’s best to read and regularly refresh your first aid and CPR knowledge using a Dog or Cat First Aid Book, as well as attending a Dog First Aid Course every 1-2 years. Reach out to your local Red Cross or Rescue Organization to see if they offer or know of nearby course opportunities.

What if you had to evacuate from or were quarantined in your home?

In most parts of the world, there is the potential for a variety of natural disasters: earthquakes, fires, tornados, floods, etc. Do you have a plan to evacuate with your pets?

What if there was a pandemic? Do you have enough food, water, and other supplies to hunker down at home?

Do you worry that your dog wouldn’t come to you in the event of an emergency?

Don’t hesitate. Prepare today!

Berlin Happy Running Dog

Pet Emergency Preparedness

Not only should you have a easily accessible and transportable emergency kit for yourself, but you should also have one for your pets.

Additionally, you should create emergency evacuation plan and practice your emergency evacuation drill with your family, including any and all pets.

In the event of an evacuation you will want to know:

  • Where your (small) pet’s travel kennel(s) are located
  • Your pets, including your cats, will come to you when called*
  • The other items you need/want to grab, time permitting — Create a checklist and keep it pinned on your refrigerator

 

*If you dog doesn’t come when called each and every time, whether inside or outdoors, -Contact Me- to find out about my dog training options or visit http://feetandpaws.com/private-dog-training/.

Pet Emergency Preparedness Checklist

Here is a short list of items you should have in your emergency pack for your pets:

Overall (for both Dogs and Cats)

  • Strong Come Command (Watch my tutorial video -HERE-)
  • Emergency Blanket
  • Sleeping Bag
  • First Aid Kit
  • Laminated Photos of Pets for Lost Posters
  • Copies of Pet Proof of Ownership
  • Copies of Recent Vaccines/Medical Records
  • Wet Ones
  • Water (enough for 3-7 days, typically at least a few gallons for them as well as a few for you)
  • Water Purification Tablets
  • Medications
  • List of regional Pet and Dog-Friendly Hotels in case emergency shelters cannot accommodate you and your pets

Dog

  • Dog First Aid Book
  • Food (enough for at least 3-7 days — Remember to regularly check expiration dates)
  • Bowls (one for food one for water)
  • Leash
  • Collar/Harness and ID Tags
  • Carrier/Kennel
  • Seat Belt (see my post about my favorite product at http://feetandpaws.com/safest-way-to-drive-with-your-dog/)
  • Dog Booties (in case the terrain is hot, cold, or hard to manage)
  • Canned Food Covers
Dog First Aid and Pet Emergency Preparedness

Cat

  • Cat First Aid Book
  • Food (enough for at least 3-7 days — Remember to regularly check expiration dates)
  • Bowls (one for food, one for water)
  • Collar/Harness with ID Tags
  • Leash
  • Car Safe Carrier/Kennel (see my post about my favorite product at http://feetandpaws.com/safest-way-to-drive-with-your-dog/)
  • Potty Bags
  • Canned Food Covers
Cat First Aid and Pet Emergency Preparedness

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