855 908 4010
 
 
 
 

Pet Bucket Blog

Planning for disaster with pets

 by lucy on 09 Feb 2017 |
No Comment
We all have a plan to keep our families safe when a hurricane, tornado or flood hits home, but making a plan for your pet is equally important when preparing for disaster. Thinking ahead not only helps keep you and your furry companion safe, but increases the chances you and your pet will be reunited if you’re separated during a disaster.
 
One of the best ways to prepare for an emergency is to ID your pet. Four-legged friends and their owners can be separated for any number of reasons during a disaster, and outfitting your pet proper identification can make a huge difference in your chances for reuniting. Microchips are a great way to do this, and cost only around $45 at your local veterinarian’s office. Collars with tags, including your current contact information, are also useful when it comes to finding a pet. Be sure to keep your pet’s microchip registration up-to-date and include emergency contact information for family or friends outside of your immediate area in case you cannot be reached.
 
After ensuring Fido or Kitty can be easily identified, finding a pet-friendly place to stay during evacuation is key to planning for an emergency. Look up out-of-area hotels that accept pets or pre-arrange to stay with a friend or relative who doesn’t mind sharing space with your furry friend. Never leave your dog or cat behind if you evacuate. If, however, you have to leave Fido or Kitty, ensure you have a Rescue Alert sticker placed somewhere easily visible on the outside of your house to alert rescue workers to watch out for your animal. The ASPCA provides these stickers free at https://secure.aspca.org/take-action/order-your-pet-safety-pack.

Animals often sense impending danger before we do, so bring outdoor pets inside as soon as you know a storm will hit. This can stop your companion from running away and will ensure he stays safe throughout the storm. Stressed-out pets can act out of character, so separate your dogs from cats and any other pets, if possible. Create an emergency kit for each of your pets, including stocks of items such as food, fresh water, any medications your pet takes, a pet first aid kit, temporary ID tags and a carrier or leash for each animal. You may also want to keep a copy of your pet’s vaccination records and a photo of you with your pet in case you need to prove ownership or make “lost pet” fliers after the disaster. Experts recommend keeping enough stocks to last your pet one week in case of an emergency.
 
Make sure you talk to your neighbors and designate someone willing care for your dog or cat if you’re unable to do so yourself when disaster strikes. This person should have a key to your home and, ideally, be familiar with your pets. Remember, different areas are prone to different types of disasters, so research which are most likely to strike your home and plan accordingly for your and your four-legged friend.

Comment(s)0

Join the Conversation

* Please enter your name.
Email address will not be published
Please enter a valid email address.
* Please enter your comment.
Image Verification
'Please enter security code.
You may also like

Are essential oil diffusers safe for dogs?

Essential oils are more than just a recent trend: They’ve been around since Biblical times, and for good reason. These c...

Pet boarding or pet sitting: Which is better?

All pet owners need to leave town for a business trip, wedding or well-deserved vacation from time to time, but that beg...

Here’s why your cat sits like a “cat loaf”

From “hovercat” to “cat loaf,” pet owners have come up with a multitude of names for the phenomenon of cats tucking thei...

Debarking: Facts and myths

Barking is one of the major ways your dog communicates, but excessive vocalization can lead to disputes with the neighbo...

Six subtle signs your cat loves you

Cats are infamous for their hot-and-cold behavior, making feline affection hard to read. If you’re questioning whether y...

Should I feed my dog fish oil?

The benefits of fish oil for humans have been touted for years, but few people know these supplements can also help our ...

Why does my dog bark at nothing?

Dogs bark for all kinds of reasons—to let you know they need to go out, to greet you playfully, or to alert you when a s...
Call Us - 855 908 4010
Placeholder
.

Search blog archives


Latest Updates


Tag Cloud


Blog Archives


Subscribe to RSS

Subscribe to RSS feed

Customer Testimonials
Cassandra Mallory
Cassandra Mallory
Virgin Is. (USA), St. Thomas
27 Apr 2018
Excellant
 
 
Shop with Confidence
  • Low Price Guarantee
  • Free & Fast Shipping
  • Best Customer Service
Pet Bucket Ltd is a UK registered company | Company no: 08345021 | 21 Pickford Rd. St.Albans | AL3 8RS UK Translation and Localization by Localizer