Pets Need Help During And After A Disaster
A disaster or emergency can have just as much impact on our
pets as they do on us.
Pets can become
injured or ill as a result of the upset conditions, and as they are generally
considered to be members of the family, they must be cared for, too.
If you have pets, you should have an
emergency supply of food and any other supplies they might need during a
Extra, non-perishable food
should be stored and any accessories that the pet might need, such as litter,
should also be kept in your emergency stores.
Keep Them Close
Regardless of how you might let your dog or cat run loose
during normal times, this should definitely not be done during a disaster.
Earthquakes and other natural disasters can
change the appearance of even your own back yard, and a pet can become confused
and frightened at the alterations and run off.
Never let a dog off the leash when outside during times such as these.Besides possibly losing your dog, there is
also the chance that the dog can find questionable items outside that could
make him sick.
Do not let your dog drink
any standing water in your yard, either, it can contain any number of pathogens
that could cause illness.
Cats should be confined to a crate during an emergency or
Cats tend to be rather
skittish under the best of circumstances and if let outside could easily bolt
The cat can even be fed in the
crate, and only allowed out to use the litter box.
It would probably be a good idea to fit the
cat with a harness so that you will have better control when the cat is out of
the crate. Stock up on emergency
cat food supply today.
Many people keep more exotic pets such as tropical birds,
monkeys, and tortoises.
Besides food and
water, these animals will usually need to be kept warm.
You should definitely have an alternative
means of heating your home if you have any of these pets.
It should go without saying that these pets
should also be confined during a disaster, as much to keep them warm as to
prevent them rushing off (especially in the case of the birds and monkeys).
Although it is possible to simply use items from your
family’s first aid kit to treat your pets, many people prefer to keep a
kit for their pets.This should
contain approximately what the ‘
human kit’ does – gauze pads and rolls,
antibiotic cream, tape, thermometer, sanitary wipes, and pain reliever among
If your pet is taking any
prescription medications, be sure to have these in the kit, too, along with a
copy of the prescription.
Make sure you
have a muzzle or some other means of protecting against bites if you need to
treat your dog or cat
for an injury.
At times the situation will become serious enough to require
If you must leave your home,
take your pets with you.
They should not
be turned out to ‘fend for themselves’ because they will be unable to do
Make sure any dogs are kept on leash
at all times and that cats are confined to their crates.
Larger pets, such as horses, will usually
have to be left, and you will have to make a decision about whether to turn
them loose or keep them confined to their stalls.