Saturday, May 28, 2011
The Boy Scouts had it right, BE PREPARED!
This week we were reminded yet again of how quickly a natural disaster can strike. Maybe we all need a reminder on being prepared to keep our pets as safe as possible. A little planning ahead of time can make a huge difference.
ASPCA has an especially good discussion of disaster preparedness on their site. It even breaks it down by planning for dogs and cats, birds, reptiles and other small animals. They list items that should be in your emergency kit and offer advice on arranging safe places for your pets.
this one. This site gives preparedness advice for us humans as well as our pets. They have a 12 item checklist for pets that I'm posting here.
Start by getting an emergency bag - a back pack, gym bag, suitcase or even a 5 gallon bucket.
1. On the top of the bag boldly print your name, phone numbers and pet's names.
2. Water and food enough for 3 - 7 days
3. Food and water dishes
4. Blanket or towel
5. Medicines, with instructions for use in a ziplock bag
6. Note listing your veterinarian, his number, the pet's names and your first and last names.
7. The name, address and phone number of a friend or relative where the pet might stay.
8. A favorite toy and some treats.
9. Collar and leash.
10. For cats and small dogs, a carrier, littler box and litter.
11. Small plastic bags and paper towels.
12. Picture of your pet, info on feeding and any behavioral issues. All written info should be placed in a waterproof container or ziplock bag.
Remember to keep some form of ID on your pet, either tags, a tatoo or microchip.
Keep extra leashes by the door so you save time making an exit.
It's handy to have your pet crate trained even if you don't regularly use one at home. If the animal becomes lost, it'll remain calmer in a crate if it's already familiar with one.
Many organizations and pet stores offer these rescue stickers that can be put on your door or window alerting rescue workers that there is an animal in your home that may need help.