May 12th marks yet another National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day and we should be thinking about having a plan in place to accommodate and guarantee the safety and well-being of our most precious and loved fur-kids. In celebrating this year’s National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, here are 5 helpful tips for protecting your dog during emergencies.
1. Creating an emergency plan
Being prepared beforehand puts you in the best position when disaster strikes. As you’d likely have a plan in place to save your household in times of emergencies, it’s also important that you have a clear plan for your dog’s survival. If the environment becomes unsafe and you have to leave, your dog needs to come with you. Having a plan in place is usually the very first step that can help you overcome this turbulence and avoid a tragedy.
2. A safe haven for your dog
A family emergency or medical situation can arise at any time without advance notice. If the unthinkable were to happen where you are unable to bring your dog with you during an emergency situation, you should have a well thought out plan of where he would be placed. Having a trusted neighbor, family members and close friends you can count on will give you peace of mind in situations that are beyond your control. Of course, the individuals you choose should already be involved in your dogs’ life, so that the transition is as least stressful as possible for your dog.
3. Include your dog in an evacuation drill
This training may help them pass through emergency situations calmly. You may drill your dogs on entry and exit routes as well as getting them into their carriages for transport in the event of a disaster or emergency. This routine practice will help to make it easier to evacuate the environment for a better survival chance. You may also practice this drill occasionally, so you can see if it can all work out as planned. It is easier to change anything that does not work when you are not under pressure than it would be in the heat of the moment.
4. Keep your dog’s vaccinations up to date
If you’ll be taking your dog to a pet shelter facility, it is important that you keep the vaccinations up to date to prevent disease outbreak or rejection of entry into the facility. Some shelters may request that you provide proof of up to date vaccinations. Also, remember to ensure your dog is wearing collars that are fastened securely and are further provided with up-to-date identification. If you are ok with it, you may also consider microchipping your dog.
5. Assemble an emergency kit
Having an emergency kit for your dog is crucial and will save valuable time when an emergency arises. The kit should contain sturdy leashes, harnesses, food and water bowls, a pet bed, toys, a first aid kit and supplies. In addition, you should remember to pack all necessary medications as well as current photos of your dog in case they go missing. Find more on a variety of all these necessities here.
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If you faithfully stick to these suggestions, you’ll be better prepared to mitigate the effect an emergency would normally have on your pets. Taking proactive steps today will ensure that your family -and that includes your dog, will stay safe in any emergency situation.