“Hey kids do you know what a disaster is? A disaster is a hurricane, tornado, flood, earthquake or fire. ” So this article is all about how to prepare you and your pet for disasters. So let’s start planning now because ”your pet depends on you for their safety.” During a disaster, if you see an injured or stranded animal that needs help, don’t try and help it yourself. It might be scared and try to bite. Tell your parent or an adult. Disasters tend to stress and upset your pet so they will need extra care and attention.
Leaving your Home
The first thing we need to talk about is if the disaster is major enough to make you leave your home. If you need to leave your home, ALWAYS TAKE YOUR PET WITH YOU. BUT, some emergency shelters do not allow pets (unless they are service animals, like dogs for blind or epilepsy.) Since your pet cannot go with you to these shelters, you need to plan ahead.
Pet Friendly places
* You can always ask your friends or relatives to help out too.
* Prepare a list of boarding facilities and vets who can shelter your critters. Keep this list in your emergency kit.
* Prepare a list of pet friendly hotels and motels. Keep this list in your emergency kit.
If it is a disaster warning only, it’s best to keep your pets inside with you so you don’t have to look for them later. Be sure you pets are wearing collars and updated identification tags.
Move your bird in a secure travel cage or carrier. Depending if the weather is going to be hot or cold is going to depend on which supplies you should take along. If the weather is cold you will take a blanket to wrap over the carrier and if the weather is warm carry a spray bottle to spray your birds’ feathers once in a while. Fruit or vegetables with high water concentrate should be put in the carrier instead of water. Keep your bird carrier in a quite place to keep your bird nice and calm. Do not open the cage incase your bird flies off because of all the stress and the confusion. Carry a photo of your bird to identify it if it happens to fly off.
Lizards and Reptiles
Lizards and Reptiles should be moved and cared for the same way as birds are.
Snakes Move your snakes in a pillowcase when you have to evacuate. Take a carrier with you to place them in later when you reach you a safer place. If you need to feed your snake take food with you. Take a water bowl large enough for soaking your snake as well as a heating pad.
Pocket pets, like hamsters or gerbils, should be moved in cages or carriers. Take their bedding materials, food bowls and water bottles.
Leaving Your Pet Home
When you have to leave your pet home, make sure there is a way for them to get into a safe, secure room. That would be a room without windows allowing enough air for the pets to breathe. (Like a big bathroom). Enough food and water should be left to last for up to three days. Water should be put in spill proof containers. “Leave a faucet dripping into a bathtub or sink (with the drain open!)”. Leave your pets their favorite things to make them a little more comfortable like bedding, blankets and their favorite toys. Don’t lock your dogs or cats in the room together. Have your parent leave a notice that your pet is there and the phone number where you will be reached.
Never, never, never leave your dog tied up outside!
Pet Disaster Kit ~ “Your pet disaster kit should include:”
* Pet food and treats
* Drinkable water in plastic bottles
* Can opener for canned food
* Pet medications and medical records in a waterproof container
* Sturdy leashes, harnesses and/or carriers so you can move your pets safely and they can’t escape (remember they may be scared and may act different than usual)
* Current photos of your pet in case they get lost
* The name of your veterinarian
* Pet beds and toys, if there is room.
Make sure your pets have updated identification tags and collars on.
Julie WAU Colorado