There is a myriad of cat and dog safety tips, as well as emergency plans for other pets. This article provides basic information pertaining to preparing your pets for emergencies.
Most pet owners consider their pets as part of their family. Since many of us face potential disasters, like tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, terrorism attacks, and fire it is necessary to prepare yourself and family for these emergencies. We also need to prepare our pets for disasters, as well.
Cat and dog safety tips
Planning and preparation is vital for our survival. In previous articles, we discussed the need for emergency survival kits for you and your family. Here, we will also look at steps to plan for our pet’s survival in case of emergencies.
In collaboration with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the Humane Society of the United States, the American Kennel Club, and the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) offers essential information pertaining to planning for emergencies.
FEMA presents cat and dog safety tips and recommends we prepare an emergency kit for our families, as well as for our pets. The following are some of the necessary requirements for a pet emergency kit:
- Water – Store a minimum of three days of water for yourself, your family, and pets.
- Food – In a waterproof airtight container, keep at least three days of food.
- Pet carrier or crate – Make sure the crate or carrier for your pet is large enough for them to stand, lie down, and turn around.
- Collar with ID tag (leash, or harness) – Your pet should wear a collar and have an identification tag on them at all times.
- Sanitation – Make sure you have plastic bags, cat litter and a litter pan (if you have a pet cat or cats), household chlorine bleach, paper towels, and newspapers. The color safe, unscented bleach can be used as a disinfectant (dilute nine parts of water to one part of bleach).
- Recognizable items – Help to reduce the stress to your pet by putting favorite toys, bedding, treats, and familiar items in your kit.
- First aid kit — In addition to a pet first aid reference book, your pet’s first aid kit should include tick and flea prevention, scissors, isopropyl alcohol, latex gloves, antibiotic ointment, tape, saline solution, and cotton bandages.
What you should do in case of an emergency
Planning is vital to survival. Determine if you, your family, or pet is in immediate danger and make the decision to stay where you are or whether to get away.
FEMA advises that we be ready and get ready now. Create a plan to get away, stay informed, and above all, take time to get yourself and your pet ready. The following link is available for additional vital information on preparing and planning for emergencies for you, family and pet: Cat and dog safety tips.
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