Tips for Emergency Pet Supplies

Becoming a pet parent is a blissful experience. But at the same time, it comes with a responsibility to ensure that your baby is in comfort in all kinds of situations. Every pet parent tries to ensure their fur babies are always at ease, even in stressful situations or disasters. 

Unfortunately, people tend to overlook pet safety and the availability of their emergency supplies in the frenzy of a crisis. But by planning, pet parents can reduce any possible threat to their lives. 

Every pet parent should have an emergency plan that includes their fur babies. In the event of a hurricane, do you intend to stay with friends? Check that they can also accommodate your pet. Are you considering staying in a hotel to avoid flooding? Find out which ones welcome pets in your intended area. Do you plan to use a shelter if the situation arises? Know which places allow pets and what they require.

Please note that there are certain pet supplies you should always have.

We have mentioned a few important ones to give you an idea. 

1. Stock Food and Water

When hunkering down during a storm, ensure you have enough water and food for your pets, just like you would for other family members. In case the weather makes commuting impossible. Canned food is more resistant to water and impurities than dry food. So prefer having canned food supplies. You should keep bottled water on hand for your pet’s hydration.

2. Carry Medication

If your pet is on a regular medication schedule, always have it stocked. You may not find a chance to run down to the pharmacy or your pet’s vet to re-stock them if there is an emergency. Traditional medicines are crucial for your pet’s health and overall wellbeing.

3. Toys

This may not come as an obvious supply, but carrying one or two can be very helpful. Especially in a disaster, when things start to settle down, you would need something to help reduce your pet’s anxiety. Toys for pets would be a great distraction.

4. Never abandon your pet before, during, or after an emergency

If complicating factors prevent you from catering to your pet during a disaster, look for pet safety options such as shelters or organizations that can foster them during the storm and then adopt them afterwards.

5. Microchip your pets or collar them:

Even the best plans can go wrong; if that happens, you’ll want to reunite with your pet. Microchipping involves implanting a small, scannable chip under the skin. It allows shelters to get your contact information in case your pet wanders away or gets lost in the panic.

6. Have a Plan B

If a calamity happens or evacuation orders are processed while you are away from home, plan with a trusted person who is staying there and will foster your beloved pet for some time.  Choose someone your pet trusts, especially because emergencies stress pets just as much as they do humans. You want them to feel as safe as possible in your absence. For boarding alternatives and other options, you can also contact your local vet clinic or kennel.

7. Calm their anxiety when things start to settle

The aftermath of a storm might alter the typical smells your pet is used to and make them fearful of their surroundings. Further, damage to their home or environment can also make your pet paranoid. As a result, it may behave strangely or become anxious. Be conscious of its actions and do whatever you can to reassure.

8. Traveling by car

All pets should be restrained in a box or carrier. Dog, specifically, can be secured in a kennel or a harness that attaches to the seat belt. If you use a pet barrier in your SUV’s back seat or deck, be sure it’s solid and securely fastened, so it doesn’t collapse on your pet. Ensure that you never put your pet in the front passenger seat. Also,  you should never leave your unrestrained pet outside of the car. Lastly, it should never have its head outside of the window while you are driving.

9. Carry your pet’s current photos

If your pet gets abandoned in the process of evacuation or during a disaster, always carry a picture of your pet with you. This will help you to eliminate any mistaken identity. 

10. First Aid Kits

Just like humans need a first aid kit have a separate first aid kit for your pet too. You never know when it may come in handy and save your pet’s life. 

 

If you plan it, your pet will most likely accompany you healthily through and after an emergency!