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Natural Disasters and Pet Prep

Some of us have experienced it first hand. Some have watched it on the news.For some of us we have read it in books. What are we referring to? We are talking about natural disasters!

There are so many shows on TV  that show you how to prepare for these natural disasters. As helpful as these shows may be, I have noticed they don’t cover the topic of your dog. Our dogs are used to us providing for them and will continue to do so after a natural disaster. It will be up to us to keep our furry friend safe and healthy. The first step to prepare is to always have a collar & tags on your dog and/or a chip! This will help identify your dog if he or she is lost and these items will be able to identify whether your dog is up to date on vaccinations.

Make an emergency supply kit for your dog. Supplies should include:

  • Good, current photo ID of your dog
  • First aid supplies
  • 3-day supply dog food in a waterproof container (be sure to replace food supply to assure it’s fresh)
  • Bottled water
  • 2 bowls for pet food and water
  • Safety harness and/or leash
  • Waste clean-up supplies
  • Medications and medical records (vaccination records)
  • Contact list / information of veterinarian and pet care organizations
  • Contact information for you (name, phone, address)

It would be a good idea to keep this supply kit in a convenient location such as a closet by the front door. There are options out there such as pet rescue decals you can put on your front door for first responders to see so they are aware if any pets to search for. It is always a good idea to know where your animal hides when frightened so you can search for him quickly or direct someone else to him quickly to increase the chance of survival. Last, but certainly not least, do your research at hotels and shelters in your surrounding area just in case you need to evacuate your home. Not every hotel and shelter accepts animals so you will need to know which ones accept animals so you know without a doubt where to go! Natural disasters can happen at anytime and our furry friends are part of our families and must be taken care of as well. Better to be over prepared than under prepared!

Have you ever had to leave in an emergency?  How did you handle your pet?

Mon, September 30 2013 » Blog, Health, Rescue, Travel

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Molly Molly

I am a three year old German Shepherd from South Georgia.  I don’t really have a favorite toy because my favorite things are sleeping and getting petted on the head. Although if I do get up some energy I will admit that I love getting into the trash to look for napkins.

My brother Teddy is lots of fun to play with, plus he usually takes the blame for my chewing.  I really like him for that!  I love to bark a lot; sometimes my humans do not appreciate that so much.  I am SUPER special because I am a white German Shepherd and that is not so common I hear.

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