Apr
23
2013

Disaster Preparedness For You and Your Dog

Disaster Preparedness For You and Your Dog

image12Owning a pet comes with additional responsibilities, so it’s not a surprise that additional precautions need to be taken in the event that a natural disaster strikes.

Many individuals know what to do in the event of an emergency, but when you can call yourself a dog owner, it’s not as easy as grabbing your emergency kit and evacuating the premise. Read some of our tips on how to be prepared in case of a disaster.

Temporary Homes

  • Ask your trusty veterinarian if they have a preferred list of kennels and facilities.
  • Contact animal shelters and inquire if they provide shelter during emergency situations.
  • Contact the Red Cross disaster shelter and ask if they accept pets.
  • Or contact family members, friends, and even hotels out of the area that allow pets.

Emergency Kits

  • Aside from general emergency kit items, dog owners should be prepared to store an additional bag with your dog’s necessities. Your list of essentials should include:
  • One week’s worth of canned dry food
  • Litter trays and paper towels
  • One extra leash and one extra collar
  • Copies of medical records locked into a waterproof container
  • Medications
  • Dog crate or carrier for easier travel
  • Flashlight
  • Blanket
  • Bottled water

Identification

Acquire a rescue alert sticker for your dog. This sticker is extremely beneficial during emergency situations and may easily contribute to your dog’s safety. Be sure to write down the number of pets in your homes, name and contact info of your veterinarians.

Evacuation Plan

In the event of an unforeseeable crisis, having a plan to follow will make it much easier for you and your dog.

  • Write down and practice all evacuation routes.
  • Store all emergency kits near the exits.
  • Ensure that your dog is wearing a collar with up-to-do contact information.
  • Listen and follow all signs and warnings of a storm or disaster.

F.I.DO., the Federation of Insured Dog Owners, Inc., now offers the Covered Canine Policy, an exclusive product and benefit for F.I.DO. members only. This policy is presently available in Florida. It will protect you should your dog bite an individual and cause harm. It does not exclude any breed of dog and starts as low as $75 per dog, per year. Click here for a free Dog Bite Insurance quote.

Source: http://www.aspca.org/Home/Pet-care/disaster-preparedness

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