Dogs in Disaster: How to Prepare

Dogs in Disaster: How to Prepare

Since Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas, many of us have wondered how to prepare for situations where we could be put at risk. With Hurricane Irma looming over the Atlantic, it’s important to know how to stay safe and keep our families out of harm’s way, including the pets we love so much. Here are some tips keeping our beloved pups safe and sound:

Pack a Go Bag
I know, I know… It sounds like advice from the show Doomsday Preppers, but hear me out. It’s not only a great idea to have a just-in-case bag for yourself, but also for your dog. If you were to be caught in a scary situation (think flash floods, fires, and earthquakes), wouldn’t it be great if you could just grab two bags and head out the door without a scratch on either of you? For your dog, consider where you live and the kind of emergency that may arise. If you live near the coast or an area prone to flooding, a doggy life vest might not be a bad idea. In any situation, pack a leash, a water bowl, a blanket, any medications your dog needs, and a pet first aid kit. Think ahead and choose only what your dog would need for a day or two. Put it in your closet or garage and know where it is, just in case.

 

Know When To Go
I know we all don’t have the luxury of owning more than one house, so staying out of town requires some planning and, unless you stay with family, some cash. That being said, staying with your sister or staying a week or two in a hotel somewhere safe is a much better option than putting your life at risk. And it’s definitely not worth risking the lives of our pets either. Watch the weather, be aware, and know when to go.

 

Use Your Common Sense
Keep the safety and well-being of yourself and your pets in mind. Don’t wait until the last minute to make a plan. Don’t decide to leave when a storm is already closing in. And obviously don’t leave pets at home alone if you decide to leave. Use your common sense and keep everyone safe!

 

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