Tornadoes, hurricanes and other natural disasters can occur at any time. Naturally, it is very important for you to stay prepared. Here are some important tips on how to keep your dog safe during a natural disaster.
It is important that you keep a current photo ID of your dog. Use a collar ID tag or microchip tag to make sure that your dog can easily be identified. Also, have the contact information updated. That way, someone will get in touch with you if your dog becomes lost. Keep a photo or two of your dog in your purse or wallet as well. You can use this to show to others and ask about the whereabouts of your canine companion.
Have an emergency kit
You need to have a box of supplies having all the medications and first aid supplies that you might need, in case your dog gets hurt in the disaster. The emergency kit needs to also have 3-day supply of food for your pet in a waterproof container. Make sure that you replace the food supply from time to time, to ensure that it stays fresh. There should also be Waste clean-up supplies, safety harness and/or leash, 2 bowls for water and pet food, bottled water etc.
Have a pet crate or carrier
In case you have to evacuate, you need to take a pet carrier or crate along for the safe transportation of your pet. Buy one that is a little bigger than the size of your pet, so as to ensure that it stays comfortable during the trip. There should be a piece of small sized bedding inside as well, to help your dog take rest and feel at home inside the crate.
Know about pet friendly locations beforehand
It could be that you might have to stay in some other place for a few days. In that case, you have to identify some pet-friendly location that can work as a perfect disaster shelter for you as well as your pet. It will be sensible for you to carry out some research about the motels / hotels in and around your area that have pet friendly policies. In case you cannot find any, it will be a good idea to ask friends or relatives whether you can stay with them with your dog for a few days.
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