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Keep your dog safe in an emergency

Posted by Three Dog Bakery on

Emergency

Today is National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, and it’s a PAWfect time to take a few minutes and go over your dog’s emergency kit and go-plan so when disaster strikes, you both are ready. And, if you don’t have a kit and a go-plan, now is a good time to make one!

START PLANNING NOW

No matter where you live, disasters can occur, whether that be a natural disaster such as a tornado or a house fire. Having an emergency kit and a go-plan cuts down on time it takes to get your family to safety. It also provides peace of mind.

IDENTIFICATION IS A MUST

Dogs wearing collars and identification tags have an increased chance of being reunited with their families. Make sure your dog has:

  • • A collar and ID tag with your current contact information.
  • • A microchip that is registered and has your current contact information.

PUT YOUR EMERGENCY KIT TOGETHER

An emergency kit has a first aid kit PLUS essential supplies for each of your pets. It’s vital that a basic emergency kit for your four-legged family contains:

  • • Basic first aid supplies
  • • Waste clean-up supplies


Then EACH of your pets should have the following essentials packed for them:

  • • A three-day supply of water and their food plus bowls
  • • Any medications they may need
  • • A copy of their medical records
  • • Contact information for their veterinarian
  • • A picture of them in the event of separation.
  • • List of their feeding routine and any behavioral issues
  • • Their favorite blanket or toy
  • • A carrier or crate for transportation and confinement, if needed.

Once you get those items together, place them in a plastic tub and store them in a place that is easy to access, like a hall closet or a pantry. In an emergency, you won’t have time to go digging through the attic for it.

PREPARE THE GO-PLAN

You’ve got the emergency kit, but where do you go? Remember, if it isn’t safe for you to stay, it’s not safe for your dog, so a go-plan is essential. It’s the steps you’ll take to when you and your dog have to LEAVE your home.

  • • Contact the resources below ahead of time to see if your dog is welcome in case of an emergency. Their responses help determine your go-plan.
  • • Call your local or state emergency management office and ask if they offer accommodations for owners and their pets during a disaster.
  • • Contact motels outside your immediate area to see if they accept dogs. Remember to ask about any size restrictions.
  • • Make arrangements with family and friends outside your area.
  • • Connect with veterinary clinics and boarding facilities.
  • • Reach out to animal shelters; they often will foster pets during a disaster.


Making plans before disaster strikes keep everyone safer and make the process less stressful.