Kansas tornadoes hit Colorado just a few days back. Reports revealed injuries and damages in the eastern Colorado. I marked myself saved over social media sites, but failed to mark myself stress free, as I was very concerned for my little kittens. I own two of them who are invariably timid, shy and faint-hearted creatures. Even a distant sound of thunder is enough to scare them up. They crept around my bed and hide behind my pillows and cushions. Being a new pet parent, I had no knowledge of pet disaster management. But this incident was an eye opener for me and I researched out few Pet Disaster Management Tips that I am going to share with you today.
To start with, you have to Make a Plan to handle any disaster and then prepare a Disaster Management Kit for your Pet.
How To Make a Plan
Collar with Tags
Accidents happen accidentally, it always comes without any prior notice. So, you must stay prepared for its sudden occurring. To start with, you should always put a collar around the neck of your furry animal. It is advisable to put your latest information like your name, residential address, contact details, on a tag and attach it to the collar.
Micro Chip Your Pet
It is the most advanced technology adopted by modern pet parents (this includes me too). It ensures the reunite even if you are separated from your pet. After owning the microchip, do not delay to register the chip with the manufacturer. Even for microchip installation, owners are always advised to update their contact details after every six months.
If you have more than one pet, buy a separate carrier for each of your pets and mention your contact details along with your pet’s name in each of the carriers. This will assist the founder to address your pet in needs.
You have no reason to assume that you will be allowed with your pet in the emergency shelter. So, before the crisis hit, ask for the pet help in your local emergency management center. If you are new in town and not sure of your locality, you can seek advice from your veterinarian or local pet sitter. There are many Pet Care Services in Babylon for your immediate help. Generally, they remain well informed of the crisis and can help you with their positive feedback.
If you do not want to leave your pet alone, you can contact your nearby hotels or motels to know the details of their Pet Policy. Keep a list of animal-friendly places, and reserve as soon as you are hit with the crisis. However, if you plan to evacuate your pet with a transport crate, be sure to make the arrangement beforehand. It is also better to familiarize your pet with the crate to help him knowing and understanding the situation.
Practice transporting your pet in the vehicle similar to the one you will be evacuating in. You can plan for a weekend ride in your vehicle to familiarize him with the transport to get him rid of any panic attacks.
If you are a new pet parent and are not very accustomed to your pet’s behavior, it is the time that can bring you pains. During certain emergencies – like cyclone and thunder, pets like cats and little dogs tend to hide. So, if you plan to evacuate, finding them at the eleventh hour can trouble you. So, practice catching them, and keep an eye on your pet during emergencies. You can also take the help of leash, harness and muzzle to control your pet.
Prepare a Pet Disaster Kit
Disaster kit preparation may sound a tough job, but is not in reality. Rather, if you prepare it beforehand, you can evacuate smoothly with your entire family. You can ask your Veterinarian to help you with the checklist. This is mine, you can add any items of your choice.
Food and Water that can last at least for two weeks. Keep the food in an airtight and waterproof container.
Food and Water Bowl
Litter Box (for cats) and plastic bags (for dog poops)
Clean Up items
Medicines and Treat (to medicate your pet without much hassle)
Medical Records of your pet
Latest vaccination record
If your pet has a microchip, a record of the microchip number
For cats, the last FeLV/FIV test result or the vaccination date
Pet Toys and Pet Bed along with a blanket and a two large towels.
Pet’s descriptive features (age, sex, neutered/non-neutered status, color(s), and approximate weight)
Latest Pet Picture with identification marks (if any)
I hope this blog will help you with Pet Disaster Management, please share your views in the comment box and let us know if you have some new ideas to offer.