How to Prepare Your Pet for a Natural Disaster or Weather Emergency
Maintain your cool during chaotic times with advance preparation. Natural disasters and weather emergencies occur with little warning. In fact, sometimes, you only have seconds to flee. Preparing for the unpredictable gives you greater control over the situation. By planning ahead, you aren’t forced to make a rash decision by leaving your pets behind. Here are some of the things you should do to prepare your pet for a natural disaster or weather emergency.
Create bug out bags for each animal you have.
Choose backpacks made of lightweight materials such as nylon or rayon which are water-resistant. Keep extra food, bottled water, medications, extra collars and leashes, and copies of important paperwork such as your pet’s medical records inside the bag. That way, if you are asked to evacuate, you’re not left without the items your dog or cat need most.
Make sure that your pets are physically capable of surviving an evacuation.
If your pet is old, sick or frail, they may not survive the stress of an evacuation. It’s important to ask your veterinarian for advice when it comes to the animal’s health and safety. Keep a pet carrier on hand for smaller animals to make transportation as easy as possible. Speak in a calm and reassuring tone, so you don’t frighten the animal.
Do what you can to properly identify your pets.
Have the dogs and cats microchipped and keep your information current in the registry. If your address or phone number changes, make sure to update it so that you’re easy to reach if your pet is found by someone else. Put identification tags on each pet’s collar with your phone number. Also, keep a file online through a service such as Google Docs or Dropbox that contains a current photo and identifying information about your pet such as special markings.
Train your pet to be sociable.
If you need to stay in a temporary shelter with other people, you want your pet to be calm despite the chaos. It’s important to expose your pet to different scenarios so that they aren’t frightened when things change quickly. Knowing that they won’t react in fear by biting and scratching or having an accident on the floor makes it easier for you to find somewhere to stay until the weather emergency passes or the natural disaster is no longer a threat.
Hope for the best but plan for the worst.
There are many ways to prepare for the worst. Taking time to come up with a plan that allows you to evacuate your pets safely is key to their survival. You may only have seconds to flee. By having an emergency plan in place, everyone is safe and accounted for whenever you decide to leave your home.
Easyology Pets provides many of the products needed for a weather emergency.
Easyology Pets sells many of the products needed to make your pet more comfortable in the event that you need to evacuate and temporarily relocate to another location. From disposable litter boxes to feeding bowls, we have the items that your dog or cat requires for everyday comfort.