I bet if you had an emergency where you live, you and your family would know what to do. Where to meet if separated what to bring and so on. Well what about your dog or dogs. Do you have a contingency plan that includes them? Let’s talk about some things to keep in mind.
1. Pet ID is very important. Ideally, your dog should be microchipped and have a properly fitted collar with an identification tag that lists all of your current contact details. In addition to the usual ID, you must have a photo of your dog. In fact, a photo with you and the dog might be even better for ID purposes later on. Consider laminating the photo to make it waterproof.
2. Medicines and medical records can be very important in a disaster. Keep copies of all medical records just in case. It may even be a good idea to laminate a copy to keep them dry. If your dog is on medication, make sure you have enough medication for a few days.
3. Water and food. Be sure to schedule food and water for your dogs for at least 3 days. Naturally, you want to do the same for the human members of your family. Make sure the dog food is in a watertight container in case it overflows.
4. Plan ahead of time where you will go if an emergency requires you to leave your home or even your city. It’s a must to have a plan so you don’t have to scramble for ideas after the emergency occurs.
5. A crate is crucial in these situations. Without a crate, you may not be allowed to take your dog to an organized shelter area. But sometimes a local organization comes together and provides shelter to people in need in an emergency.
6. Leashes and collars are a must and it may even be a good idea to have an extra if needed.
Emergency plans are something that should be done in advance to avoid problems when an emergency arises. Take a moment to create a disaster kit with all of the above items that you can easily grab if you need to. The few minutes it takes to pre-plan are all worth it if you really have an emergency.