Picture created by Eve Hoffman
|Inspired by Duke and Bojangles|
When mother nature strikes, pet parents that are prepared are less stress, as well as less likely to have preventable accidents. Being prepared is a simple, yet overlooked process. There is a handful of basic items that pet parents need to keep near or accessible that will make a positive difference in an emergency.
One of the ways I stay prepared is having a bag with leashes, extra collars, treats, water, a quart of dry food, can food, and a small first aid kit in my vehicle. I also keep a gym bag with the above same items in the house. To keep the food fresh I will rotate though the food and water about once a month.
To keep the emotional state of our furry loved ones reassured everything will be good I pack toys, blankets, and pillows in the emergency kit. Just as us humans basic comforts can keep the most fearful calm and secure. Anything you think that will keep your furry loved one calm and safe is a must in the emergency kit.
Now for the pets that need medication or a special diet be sure to pack extra supplies in the emergency kit. The same as the food be sure to rotate through to insure nothing has expired or is spoiled. Also, keep in mind to pack as shirt or sweater for the pets that are sensitive to cold weather for example. Also, some dogs do better with stress if they are wearing a snug shirt. The snug shirt acts like as constant hug from the pet parent. Whatever the special needs be sure to place an extra item in the emergency kit.
Microchip is another great tool in case you are separated from your furry loved ones during an emergency. Often times pets run blindly in times emergency. Since our furry loved ones are running in blind fear they often find themselves miles away from home. Dogs find things by smell. So, the dog or puppy runs into a unfamiliar area this makes finding home impossible. Having your current information on the microchip insure most lost pets to discover home.
Furthermore, never leave your furry loved ones behind and tied up to a tree or pole outside. Dogs or puppies should never be tied up more then 20 minutes at a time on a typical day. Also, there is no real reason to tie up a dog or puppy. One of the responsibility of a pet parent is to train and teach the dog or puppy to live among the family (in the dogs or puppies eyes the pack is family). If you have to leave your pets behind during a disaster allow the animal opportunity to find a safe place. The worse case let the dog or puppy be independent. Animals are very resourceful. Dogs, no mater what stage, puppy or adult will find safe places to be during a storm is one of many reasons we must not restrict our animals by tethering them to a fixed object.
What are the things you do to prepare for a emergency? If you see someone leaving a dog or puppy tethered outside more then 20 minutes or in terrible weather be sure to contact the authorities. One call could be the difference between life and death.
Leave a comment tell me what is on your mind. Be sure to share and help others to be prepared for any emergency life throws. Every great rescue starts with a organized plan. Be the hero to your family and prepare as much as possible. Sending love, blessings, and safety to all in Florida and Texas.