Preparing your Dog for Disaster

I was watching a documentary on Discovery Channel the other day, when one of the commentators made one of the most sensible remarks I’ve ever heard. He said that due to our short life spans, we tend to think that the landscape is permanent. In reality, the landscape is always shifting. Thinking about it, I saw the truth in that statement. Maybe the slope down the road has not always been that way. Maybe an earthquake could strike any time and change life as I and my family know it. Because of natural disasters such as this, we always need to hope for the best but be prepared for the worst.

Preparing your dog for disaster

May 8th is the National Pet preparedness day, a reminder that disaster can strike any time and therefore you need to be ready. The plan you have in place should take into account all your family members, including your dog.

When disaster strikes you might be separated from your dog. Make sure your dog is microchipped to make it easier to find him in case he gets lost.

Also, always make sure you have a disaster kit ready. Sometimes you need to evacuate on short notice and that’s when the kit comes in handy.

Pack enough food and water for each dog to last them at least five days. You also need to pack sturdy leashes to keep your dog near you and minimize the possibility of losing him. Sometimes you might have to board your dog in a shelter, so have a carrier ready to transport him to the shelter. The carrier should be large enough to provide the dog with ample room to move around and also stand.

Preparing your dog for disaster

Include a pet first-aid kit, and pack a dog first-aid book in case your dog gets hurt and you need instructions to performfirst-aid on him.You should also pack medications as well as your dog’s medical records.

Have a written list of your dog’s feeding schedule, behavior issues and special conditions he might have. This information comes in handy in case you have to leave your dog in the care of someone else.

Preparing your Dog for Disaster


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