Emergency kit for pets

posted March 27, 2021 at 08:20 pm
by  Desiree Carlos
We pray and claim everything is  always well  for you and your pet but we have nothing to lose if we are prepared for any emergency.

With authorities predicting another eruption of Taal volcano, and the  2020 ashfall  from its eruption that reached the northern part of Metro Manila, not just areas in the South, it is wise to always have an emergency kit around wherever we are.

As early as now, please purchase a cage big enough for your dog to move around inside if you can not allow your dog to roam inside your property. A tied or caged dog has a tendency to be more aggressive because they have not been allowed to release excess energy through walking or other activities. Never tie the dogs. In case of emergency, it will be difficult to untie the dogs so that they can run to safety. If the dog is tied, please, never leave them tied when you evacuate. Untie them and let them look for safety if you can not bring them. If the dog is in a cage, please make sure the lock is easy to open so that you can let the dog out in case of an emergency.
Here are some tips from ready.gov/pets

Preparations

Because your pet  is a member of your family, any family emergency plan must include him or her.

Ready.gov/pets said we must keep the following in mind:

1. Make a plan.

2. Build an emergency kit.

3. Stay informed.

Make a Plan

You will have less stress, worry and difficulty if you already have a plan for you and your pets for any disaster like flooding, earthquake or ashfall.  

Because of such a plan, you can make a decision fast when local officials tell you that you need to evacuate fast. You will not be caught off guard, not knowing where to bring your pet. You can not, of course, leave your pet as he or she may be injured, get lost, or worse, die.

From ready.gov/pets, here are the things that should be in your plan:

This dog and the dog in the other photo were rescued by  Save ALL Inc. - Save Animals of Love and Light in January last year after Taal Volcano erupted. They were left  behind by the owners who were forced to evacuate immediately. The rescuers had so much difficulty freeing them because of the chain and lock. Please do not tie your dog or leave them behind when emergency happens. If you can not bring them, at least let them out of cages or untie them before leaving. Put a collar with your name and contact number on the dog so that the person who will find the dog can contact you.
Have a list of safe places  for your pet when you are all forced to evacuate. Make sure you have a safe place to bring your pet to before disasters and emergencies  happen. Most hotels and public shelters do not allow pets.

Put a buddy system in place. Talk to and plan with neighbors, friends or relatives to make sure that someone  can  care for or evacuate your pets if you can not do so like when you are still in the office.

Put some kind of identification tag on your pet. Ready.gov/pets suggests microchip but I personally will go for a collar with my name (not the dog’s name), and my contact number.

Contact local emergency management office, animal shelters or local veterinary offices to get additional advice and information on how to care for your pet in case of an emergency.

Build an emergency kit

Your pet’s emergency kit should include basics for survival.

“Have two kits, one larger kit if you are sheltering in place and one lightweight version for if you need to evacuate.  Review your kits regularly to ensure that their contents, especially foods and medicines, are fresh,” ready.gov/ph said.

Food.  Put several days’ supply of food in an airtight, waterproof container.

Water. Store a water bowl and  water for several days’ supply.

Medicine. Put in an extra supply of the medicine your pet takes on a regular basis in a waterproof container.

First aid kit. Ask the veterinarian for the most appropriate items for your pet’s emergency medical needs.

Collar with ID tag and a harness or leash. Put a backup leash, collar, ID tag, copies of your pet’s registration information, and other relevant documents in a waterproof container and available electronically.

Choco and Whitey, rescued by Save ALL Inc. - Save Animals of Love and Light  after the Taal Volcano erupted,  are safe and happy with a  Save ALL foster. Choco was already surrendered to Save ALL, while Save ALL has not heard from Whitey's owner despite a note left at the residence. Save ALL has spent thousands on the two dogs for removal of bladder stone for Whitey (P25,000.00), blood tests and treatment for erlichia and skin problems (P30,000.00).  Choco will undergo removal of a growth in the chest area once funds are available. You can contact Save ALL in Facebook if you can help Choco.
Traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier. There should be one carrier for each pet.

Grooming items. Shampoo, conditioner and other items, in case your pet needs some cleaning up.

Sanitation needs. Prepare pet litter and litter box (if appropriate), newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach to provide for your pet’s sanitation needs.

A picture of you and your pet together. This is important during an emergency. The photo will show ownership which you may need if you are separated and the dog or cat is found by a concerned citizen and brought to the shelter.

Familiar items. Put in favorite toys, treats or bedding in your kit. These familiar items  will help reduce stress for your pet.

Tips for Large Animals

Please prepare before a disaster if you have horses, goats or pigs.

Here are additional tips from ready.gov/pets:

“*Ensure all pets/animals have some form of identification.

Evacuate animals earlier, whenever possible. Map out primary and secondary routes in advance.

Make available vehicles and trailers needed for transporting and supporting each type of animal. Also make available experienced handlers and drivers.

Ensure destinations have food, water, veterinary care and handling equipment.

If evacuation is not possible, animal owners must decide whether to move large animals to a barn or turn them loose outside.”

Stay Informed

You must always get updates on current conditions so you can decide and act based on information.

Here are some ways you can stay informed:

Pay attention to  local alerts and warnings  from public safety officials.

Listen to local officials when you are told to evacuate or move to another safer place

Always bring your pets  inside the house at the first sign or warning of a storm or disaster.

Topics: Pets , Emergency Kits , Save ALL , Animal welfare
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