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What do you do in the case your house catches on fire or there
is a natural disaster? Unfortuantely we tend to put off thinking
about these things, and sometimes when we do plan, we think only of the
humans. There are some precautions we take in any event, like keeping a
fire estinquisher handy, installing smoke detectors and so on. Do
you have these in your kennel or near where your dog sleeps? You may keep
important bank records off site and away from the home - but how about
your pet's papers? There are certain things you can do. Some
of these include:
You can even prepare a disaster kit for your buddy - include:
Proper identification - microchips, tatoos, (nametags can be removed
- and some people take them off in the house)
Make sure your pets have been vaccinated within the last 12
months. Pet shelters may require proof of Rabies Vaccine, Distemper/Parvo,
Coronavirus, and Bordetella (Kennel Cough)
Make sure your neighbors are familiar with your dog - and you with
Post information in a window or somewhere emergency people see it
that tells how many pets you have.
Have a medical kit available for your dog too - any special medications?
Know where the nearest animal shelters are - so you can find a lost
pet. Also those within a 50 mile radius.
Make a list of animal behavior consultants or trainers. (you may
need one after the disaster is over).
Keep photo's of your pet somewhere they will be available if you
have to leave your house.
Storms - Plan evacuation routes to veterinary hospitals, boarding
kennels, family or friends situated on higher elevations - well in advance
of the storm.
Pets under medication should be sheltered at a veterinary hospital.
Check to see if your comunity has a disaster plan - does it include
animals? Ask your local humane society.
In the event that you might have to leave your pet - you may want
to consider having a food source
Food and water - vacuum sealed food doesn't require a can opener.
Leashes and spare collar with identification - might be a good idea
to have a temporary tag(s) you can write on -- just in case you are going
to be living somewhere else for a period of time. Also note that
a harness may be preferable in case the dog is anxious and might slip out
of the collar. Also you may want to include a tie chain.
Crate - (one good reason for crate training) airline or collapsible
wire crate, to transport your pet(s) should you have to evacuate. Make
sure it is large enough for your dog to lie down and have room for water
and food dishes.
- Medical kit - for you and your dog - make sure to have a dog medical
care handbook. Collect all the items sugested in the
handbook - you can order a pet first aid book from the Red Cross and
the Humane Society of the United States. Or get it at your local Red
Cross, or order from your local book store (ISBN 1-57857-000-X). (about
$10 for the 128 page book which features more than 130 illustrations).
The kit should at least contain:
Absorbent gauze pads (4"X4")
Absorbent gauze rolls (3"X1 yard)
Betadine or Provodine
Conforming bandages (3"X5")
Cotton-tipped applicators (3")
Eye wash liquid
Instant cold pack
Non-adherent absorbent dressing
Stop bleed powder
Zinc oxide tape (3/4" X 1 yard)
Your vet's telephone number and address - also that of a 24 hour
pet emergency facility.
Numbers for police, fire, post office and other service
The numbers of motels that allow pets - you might want to ask some
if they would allow pets in an emergency or disaster.
List of pet & feed stores
Photos of your pet. - Maybe pre-made posters in case you become separated.
Pooper scooper and plastic bags for disposing of the petís
waste. Disposable dog clean up.
Dog Boots - in case your dog is required to walk in areas of glass
or other sharp objects.
Animals brought to a pet shelter maybe required to have:
collar and rabies tag
on all belongings
3.Carrier or cage
4.Food supply (at least two days)
5.Water and food bowls
6.Care instructions (i.e., medication, diet, etc.) and any necessary
9. Means for handling waste (newspapers, trash bags, etc.)
such as a timed food dispensor, and an open water source available
at all times where it can be easily accessed.
If you can think of more items - please email
me (click my image at the top of the page) and I will add them.
Other resources on the net include:
Pet ANIMAL DISASTER PREPAREDNESS