You never know when a natural disaster or a more common everyday emergency might occur. Don’t be caught off-guardwithout a plan for you and your pets. The tips below are essential to emergency preparedness. 1. Make sure that your pet wears a well-fitting collar with an ID tag that has up todate contact information. 2. Train your dog. A well-trained, obedient dog is safer, more responsive and happier. 3. Always keep your pet on a leash when outside the house or yard. 4. In order to make traveling with your pet more manageable, be sure that your pet is comfortable in a crate or carrier, even if you don’t use one on a regular basis. 5. Know basic pet first aid such as how to stop bleeding and treat lacerations. Always approach a sick, injured or scared animal slowly and cautiously. Even your own pet can be aggressive when in pain or frightened. More pet first aid info at RedCross.org 6. Purchase or assemble a basic pet first aid kit that includes gauze pads, gauze roll/ bandages, thermometer, tweezers, hydrogen peroxide,antibiotic ointment, Q-tips, instant cold pack and rags or rubber tubing for a tourniquet. 7. Make sure that you have a pet emergency supply kit that includes an ample supply of food and water, blankets, a spare leash and collar, food bowls, garbage bags and any needed medication and a recent photo of your pet. See full pet emergency supply kit checklist below. 8. Remain as calm as possible during stressful or emergency situations – your pet is easily influenced by your behavior and will mirror your stress or panic. 9. Be aware of the dangers of common household items – from poisons and pesticides to chocolate and certain houseplants – and keep them away from your pet. Click on the links below for additional pet safety articles. a. Puppy Proofing Your Home b. Food to Never Feed your Dog c. Poisonous Plants to Dogs 10.Be aware that extreme temperatures have drastic effects on pets. Heat exhaustion is often caused by leaving pets in parked cars or over-exercising pets during hot weather. To cool off an overheated pet, offer plenty of water, wet his or her body and paws with cool water, & then fan.
Pet Emergency Supply Kit Checklist In addition to your family supply kit, make sure you have an emergency supply kit for your pet(s). This kit should include: 1. A pet first-aid kit 2. Enough pet food for one week. Include both canned and dry food (be sure toreplace the dry food every three months). 3. At least a one-week supply of bottled water for each person and pet. Water should also be replaced regularly. 4. Bowls for feeding 5. Paper towels 6. Garbage bags 7. Blankets 8. Disposable trays for litter 9. Scoopable litter and/or cage lining material/pads 10. Disinfectant 11. Liquid dish soap 12. One extra harness for each pet 13. One extra leash for each pet 14. If your pet is on any kind of medication, make sure that you have a two-week supply of that medication stored in a waterproof container. Remember that food and medications need to be replaced regularly medications may expire and food may go bad if you don’t change them. 15. A travel crate or carrier for each pet, unless you can comfortably and safely fit two in one carrier. 16. At least one flashlight and extra batteries 17. Cat owners will want to have one pillowcase or EvackSack for each cat, along with toys and favorite snacks or comfort items. 18. Dog owners will want to have a long lead/leash and a yard stake, along with toys and favorite snacks or comfort items. 19. Recent photos of your pets that can be reproduced in the event that you have to make “lost pet” posters.