When Mother Earth creates havoc it’s important to be prepared. This month’s addition of Pet Product News had some really great information on pet preparedness in case of a natural disaster or other emergency situation. Hurricane Katrina left millions of pets and pet owners in serious trouble when they had to evacuate. The article made some really good points and strongly suggests having a pet survival kit. Hurricane season is coming to a head in certain parts of the country and Texas is experiencing severe flooding. Other disasters, such as fires and chemical spills should be taken into consideration.
“When you need to evacuate, that has to be your main focus, not finding a leash or extra dog food. If you have all the supplies you need ready to go, you can focus on the immediate needs of your family, including your pets.”
Pets that are left behind can be lost, injured or killed. Have the following items ready to go in case you need to evacuate:
- Portable Pet Carrier for cats, small dogs, birds or other small animals. (Put your pets identification information, your name, address and phone number on the outside of the carrier)
- Food & Water bowl
- 1 – 2 weeks supply of food and water in airtight containers. Check occasionally to make sure the food is fresh
- Can opener if you use canned pet food
- 1 – 2 weeks supply of your pets medication, clearly label and include instructions
- First Aid Kit (ask your veterinarian what your pet may need)
- ID tags
- Dry towels of blankets to line the carrier and use if necessary
- Litter and litter boxes for cats (disposable aluminum pans work great for disposable litter boxes)
- Health records and vaccination records in case of evacuation or need to stay in boarding kennel
- Recent color photographs of all your pets in case they get lost
- Get your pet accustomed to riding in a car to alleviate some of the stress during an emergency
- Pack a few of your pets favorite toys and treats to help keep them calm
- Check out boarding kennels and keep the name and number handy.
- Get the Numbers of pet-friendly hotels and motels.
If you have been through an emergency situation with your pets, or just have some good advice, please leave your comments for other readers.