When disaster strikes it is often necessary to evacuate your home with little or no notice. Many people are becoming aware of the need to prepare a basic emergency survival plan for themselves and their family members. It is important to remember the needs of your pets during an emergency situation. Pets have special needs that should be taken into account when preparing a disaster survival kit for your animals.
If you have to evacuate your house due to an emergency or disaster remember that many shelters will not accept pets. This should be taken into consideration when deciding what to include in your pets survival kit. A basic pet survival kit should start with the basics of an adequate supply of food and water for about two weeks and a pet carrier cage, if practical. You should also remember to include any necessary medications as well as blankets and bedding. Other items such as extra leashes and toys can be included. It is also necessary to include the items needed for sanitation. Kitty litter, poop scoopers and garbage bags should be in every basic pet survival kit.
A pet survival kit should be packaged in a container that is quickly and easily accessible. There may be little time to evacuate during an emergency or disaster situation. Remember that your pet and its survival kit may have to withstand some exposure to the weather. Check with your veterinarian regarding the special needs of your pet.
Your pet can become disoriented due to the changing environmental conditions. Make sure that your pet is wearing a collar with up to date contact information. Natural disasters such as storms, hurricanes and floods disrupt the natural habitat of other dangerous animals that may enter the area. Your pet may become anxious and nervous due to the changing environment and be tempted to run off.
It may become necessary to separate some of your pets. Your pet survival kit should include recent photos to aid in recovery should it become lost or separated.
Don’t wait until the last minute to think about your pet’s safety during an emergency. Prepare a pet emergency kit today.
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