5 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR PET SAFE DURING A DISASTER
- Know where your pet is at all times.
A lost pet in an emergency spells trouble, so be aware of where they are at all times to keep them safe from potential hazards.
- Regularly clean their quarters
To ensure their health and cleanliness, regularly clean their cages, litter boxes, or places where they usually sleep.
- Remember to vaccinate beforehand.
Before anything else, remember to vaccinate your pet to prevent them from contracting diseases that might be rampant during a disaster.
- Check for potential hazards in your surroundings.
Check your home or shelter for exposed wires, sharp objects such as broken glass, and spilled chemicals to protect you and your pets from further injury.
- Ensure they keep to themselves.
Do not let your pet interact with other animals, particularly strays, as it increases the possibility of disease transmission and other health issues.
What should I include in my pet emergency bag?
Aside from the essentials of enough food and water, you should also include things such as their medical records, I.D. tags, medication, their food bowls, toys, waste bags, carrying bags, blankets, and first aid supplies. A picture of your pet is also recommended as it can help rescuers identify them.
Pet Identification in a disaster
Make sure your pet has a microchip or tattoo as a permanent form of identification and that the information is up to date with your information. A Wi-Fi enabled tag may help locate your pet after a disaster if they are wearing their collar after the disaster.
How can I alert emergency response teams of a pet in the house?
In the event of a serious emergency such as a house fire or a natural disaster, placing an alert sticker on your windows or your doors indicating pets inside can help alert them to an animal that needs saving. It helps ensure they get out safely.
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