Friday, September 13, 2013

It's National Preparedness Month - Do You Have a Plan for Your Dog?

In the case of a disaster, do you have a plan for your dog?  September is National Preparedness Month, so we want to make sure you and your pooch would be ready in case tragedy struck.  Preparing for a disaster is easy, but needs to be done beforehand to make sure you are ready for any situation.

Make an Emergency Pack.
                It’s important to have a bag packed for your dog in case you need to leave home right away. The bag should contain the essentials that your dog needs in order to survive. The bag should include:
  • A week’s worth of food
  • A week’s worth of  water for the dog
  • Food and water bowls
  • Any medication your dog is taking
  • A favorite toy
  • A bed or blanket to lie on
  • Extra collar and leash
  • Medical Records including vaccinations
  • Recent photo of your dog (In case your pet gets lost and you need to post missing flyers)

Make an Emergency Plan.
                When planning for an emergency  for your family, make sure you plan for your dog as well. This would include a dog friendly house or place to stay if you weren’t able to say in your own place. You can also see if your local animal shelters or pet care facilities have an emergency plan to take in pets during emergency situations. Our sister company Morris Animal Inn is a five-star boarding facility that has full generator back up in case of power failure and remains open to help people find a safe place for their pets during emergencies like Superstorm Sandy last year.

Make sure your dog has the proper ID.
                To prepare for an emergency situation make sure that your dog has the proper identification on them, that includes tags and making sure your dog is microchipped and up-to-date. If the worst case scenario happens and your dog gets lost, it’s important to make sure they are properly identified so you and the dog can be reunited.

It’s important to make sure you are your pooch are prepared for any situation, you never know when disaster will strike.

1 comment:

  1. Great post and good reminder about the importance of being prepared!