Including your pets in your family survival plan

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Your pet is part of your family. When disaster strikes you have a plan for your family; you need one for your pet as well. Don’t leave your pet behind. Disasters such as Hurricane Katrina saw many, many pets lost or dead because their owners evacuated, but left them at home. You want to give your pet every chance possible for survival. You are that chance.

Get your pet micro chipped.

If your dog or cat is not micro chipped, you need to do that as soon as possible. Many chipping companies allow you to log on to a website and update your contact information as well as provide brief information regarding your pet. It is important that you fill that out as completely as possible. It could mean the difference between your pet finding his way home and being left to wander the streets where he will eventually die.

Keep your pet up to date on all vaccinations.

Vaccinations are very important. They protect your pet against disease. When there is a disaster there can be an insurgence afterwards of insects including mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks. Don’t take any chances, keep your pet vaccinated.

Include the things your pet needs in your Bug Out Bag.

When you pack your bag make sure that you add some things for your pet. Food, water, a leash, treats, and a sweater are good things to carry with you. In the onset of a disaster situation you may need your pet to do certain things like stay tethered somewhere or get in his kennel. Reward him with a treat and he will become conditioned to do those things quickly and without fuss so he can be rewarded.

Pack enough food and water for 3 days.

Pack enough food and water for your pet for 3 days. This is not the time to try new foods. During stressful situations changing a dog’s food can cause stomach upset. Stick with your regular brand of food and don’t force him to eat. If there is any way that you can allow him to eat free choice that would be good. That way he can eat at his leisure.

Call and ask if shelters accept pets instead of just showing up.

Many shelters do not accept pets. Call around and ask. When you talk to the people at the shelter ask if they know of any pet friendly shelters. It wouldn’t hurt to have a list of hotels and motels that accept pets. You can throw it in your bag now so that it will be there when you need it.

Carry a photo of your pet as well as shot records with you.

Although your dog is micro chipped, you still need to keep a picture of him with you. If he gets lost you can always ask around and show people his photo. At many places that accept pets you have to show that animal’s shot record. Make sure that you have your pet’s records with you.

Have a plan B.

It helps to have a back-up plan in case the shelter you go to doesn’t accept pets or for some reason you are unable to care for your pet. Work something out with friends and neighbors, make a commitment to help each other out. Your pet is worth it.

Don’t let your family go without a survival plan.

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