Over the last couple of decades, there has been a greater emphasis placed on the importance of emergency preparedness. Not only because of the interest in natural disasters but of terrorist attacks and other accidents.
It is common practice nowadays to have a go-bag organized for each person in a household. What about a household where there are not only humans living there? How do you prepare your dogs or other pets for emergency evacuations etc? Pooching Around, a brilliant resource site for dog owners actually provide an answer to that very question.
With their Pet Survival Kit infographic, they highlight important things that you should have ready in a bag for your beloved pets to look after them even if you have to leave your home suddenly.
Here is what’s suggested to include
Adequate Food and Water
Obviously, you won’t have the luxury of just popping into the kitchen to sort out the food for your four-legged friend, and it is unlikely that you will be able to get to a supermarket or convenience store – though this will depend largely on the kind of accident that has occurred. Therefore, you need to pack some food, preferably tinned because it keeps better and at least 3 days worth.
Hydration is just as important and just as you are undoubtedly packing enough water for you and your household into your relevant go bags, you need to pack at least a large bottle of water for your dog too.
Something to Feed Them With
Once you have the food and water sorted, although you could, in theory, hold the bottle to your dog’s mouth and let them drink that way – this is not the most efficient way. Therefore, you need to invest in a collapsible food and water bowl. Why collapsible? Well, anything you take with you for your animal will have to fit in their survival kit and collapsible bowls are more compact.
Emergencies, of any kind, are not pleasant for anyone involved or affected, whether they are beast or man. So it’s fair to say that your dog won’t be best pleased if he or she is hurried out of their home and away from familiar places, sights, smells and sounds. You can help to keep your dog calm though by making sure you pack some home comforts such as their favorite blanket and toys.
Important Paperwork and Documentation
Your Pet Survival Kit is designed to help you cope with whatever happens. While you may not actually need to consult a vet during an emergency situation, it is still important that you make sure you have a copy of your own vet’s number and those in a wider radius too – just in case. Furthermore, it is a good idea to put any official papers, licenses, and documentation for your animal in their survival kit too, along with any prescriptions.
While the above might seem like a whole lot of hassle, it is not something you should take lightly. Preparing for the worst to happen now, when everything is okay, is the best time. You won’t have time to sort your dog’s survival kit as efficiently when you are under pressure or only have minutes to evacuate.
Thanks for reading and have a great day ahead!
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