They say that luck happens when preparation meets opportunity, so being prepared is your best bet for an outcome that is going to be the most pleasing, no matter what happens. When it comes to preparing for possible disaster scenarios we are all aware that we need a disaster kit for ourselves, but have we remembered to prepare for our pet as well? At Durack Pet Motel, we have a comprehensive pet disaster kit to accommodate all of our lovely guests that might be staying with us when an unforeseen event occurs. Here are some of the things that you will want to put in your pet survival kit.
An essential item that your pet will need if disaster strikes is adequate water, so when you are stocking up on water for yourself, be sure to include enough for your pet as well. Plan for having at least a week’s worth of water for each member of the family, including your pet.
Be sure to stock up on the canned wet food for your pet, which will last longer than dry food and provide more moisture, which will assist in keeping your pet hydrated.
First Aid and Medications
When planning your first aid kit for the family, be sure to include all medications for your pet, as well as yourself. Ensure that you get enough from your vet to last you through at least a month, which should be enough to last until you are able to see the vet again. Also, include first aid supplies that you might need in case your pet sustains an injury. It may be helpful to include bandages, wound disinfectant and any other items that you use frequently to treat your pet.
Relevant Paperwork and ID Tags
Be sure to include any important paperwork relating to your pet, in an airtight container to protect it from getting wet. These may include proof of ownership and proof of vaccinations. In the event that you need to be evacuated from your home, you may need to show proof of vaccinations for your dog to join you in your temporary digs. Ensure that your pet has its ID tags, or that it has been micro-chipped in case you lose your pet during the event, so that you will be able to find it easily when the dust has settled.
Pet Carriers and Leashes
Pets can sometimes feel afraid in the case of severe weather events and they may try to run away to find somewhere to hide. For this reason, including a leash or pet carrier in your emergency kit is definitely going to prevent you from losing your pet in the process of trying to get to safety.