Disaster preparedness for your pet
In the wake of the Oklahoma tornado, we wanted to share a previous blog post again about disaster preparedness. Below are some tips for before, during and after a natural disaster. Before nature strikes, make sure you are prepared for both you and your pet.
Pet’s First Aid Kit:
- Phone number and address to Veterinarian, Emergency Pet Hospital and Poison Control
- Basic pet first-aid book
- Current photo of your pet (preferably with you in it for identification purposes)
- Photocopies of pet’s papers, medical records, vaccinations, microchip #, etc.
- Medical gloves
- Bottled water
- Mild antibacterial soap
- Paper towels
- Gauze – both roll and pads. The roll can be used as a temporary muzzle if necessary.
- Alcohol pads – to be used on equipment NOT animal
- Vet wrap – this is a stretchy bandage wrap to go over gauze or cotton
- A large towel or blanket
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Saline eyewash – this can be used to clean eyes and flush out wounds
- Antibiotic ointment
- Cotton swabs
- 3-5 days worth of food and water and any medications your animals take daily. Also pack bowls and a can opener if necessary.
- Other items: poop bags, extra halter, leash and harness
During a disaster:
- Bring your pet inside well in advance of a storm if you have warning
- Never leave your pet chained outside
- Never tranquilize your pet. It will inhibit their natural survival instincts they need to escape potential danger
- Have your emergency kit at hand
After a disaster:
- Re-orient your pet to their home slowly. They can become disoriented if familiar landmarks and scents are gone or altered.
- Be aware of downed power lines, hazardous debris or broken fences
- Don’t allow your pet to drink water or eat food that could potentially be contaminated with waste or bacteria
- Monitor your pets behavior closely as this is as stressful for them as it is for you