Pets are family, and they’re also very vulnerable and often incapable of taking care of themselves during emergencies or other issues. Storms, natural disasters, fires, and other unexpected circumstances can come up. It’s often without advance planning or preparation, especially when it comes to our pets. Even the most adoring and caring pet owner may be taken by surprise when an emergency or disaster arises. Not just in being able to care for the pets during this type of need, but also making sure that the animal isn’t startled where he or she may escape your care and get lost or hurt.
But with a little advance planning and strategy, you can help care for your pet during emergency and disaster situations. Just as you would have an evacuation or other plan in place for yourself and your family, you can include one specifically for pets of all kinds. There are a great deal of resources online, including this one from The American Red Cross. Even a slight plan in place can make a difference.
You’ll also want to have a plan in place in case of your injury or death. While it is not likely you or your pet will have this type of circumstance arise during you/your pet’s lifetime, it can be very important. We often think that family members or friends will step in and make sure our pets are taken care of in the event of our injury, illness or death. But, oftentimes, others do not have the means, room or ability to do so. Making sure you have a plan in place including adequate, safe long-term care is very important. Be sure to talk with those in your family or your friends about your needs to be sure that if anything happens, your furry friends will be more than loved and if needed, re-homed somewhere safe, clean and loving if you’re unable to care for them any longer.
If you want or need more information about emergency and/or disaster preparation for your pet of any kind, you can ask veterinarians from around the world anytime on Kuddly!