How To Prepare Your Pet For Any Potential Disaster
In honor of June’s Disaster Preparedness Month, follow these pet safety tips!
It’s never enjoyable to think about potential disasters, especially ones that may affect your home or your family. Unfortunately though, if you wait for disaster to strike before you begin thinking about the actions you would take during potentially problematic situations, it may already be too late. Even if you have a rough form of a plan in your mind, you may still then easily overlook safety details or specifics that you would have otherwise formed a plan for ahead of time.
For pet owners specifically, it’s important to be proactive about preparing your furry friends in case of a sudden emergency, as they are not able to care for themselves during these hectic moments. Therefore, in honor of June’s Disaster Preparedness Month, here are a few tips for preparing your pet for any potential disasters that may come your way, big or small.
Designate An Emergency Friend Or Neighbor
Sometimes disaster strikes outside of our homes and requires us to be on the move quickly, without any time to worry about finding a pet sitter or whether or not your pet needs to go out before you must take off. In these situations, it’s helpful to have a nearby friend or neighbor that you already know and trust who can care for them while you’re gone.
If you have someone in your neighborhood that you are close with, or you have a friend that doesn’t live too far away, ask them whether or not they would have a problem with watching your pet in an emergency situation. Having someone nearby who you can be confident will watch over your pet, or run over to your home to let your pet out if you have an emergency and can’t get home, can be extremely reassuring in stressful situations.
However, it is important that your pet is just as familiar and comfortable with this “emergency sitter” as they are with your pet. You do not want to have to worry about whether or not your pet will trust the person who is watching them when you are already dealing with another complicated situation. Therefore, take your pet over to their house for a couple casual play dates so they can get to know the person and their home, just in case you ever have to utilize their hospitality.
Have Your Pet’s Health History Printed Out And On Hand
Does your pet have any allergies? Do they get really ill if they get into a certain kind of food or household item? This is all must-know information for a pet sitter, but also information that you may easily forget to give someone if you are rushing around in an emergency. Therefore, it’s very useful to have this information already written down and on hand (perhaps taped on your fridge or in your office in an easy-to-locate place for pet sitters) in case you find yourself dealing with an outside emergency.
Some information that you may want to include on your pet’s health history sheet include:
- Your pet’s allergies
- Your pet’s most recent health notes
- All vaccinations your pet has had
- Contact info for your pet’s veterinarian
- Address and phone number to a local pet hospital that will have your pet’s information on file
When it comes to the health and safety of your pet, you never can be too prepared! Therefore, make sure you know what your plan is ahead of time in case an emergency or disaster arises.
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