Read About Small Pet Care in the Event of an Emergency or Disaster

As a responsible pet owner you will want to ensure that you have made provisions for small pet care in the event of an emergency or disaster. We love our pets and we need to take their every possible issue into consideration. Being prepared will help provide them with a safe environment.

When bringing a new pet home, most new pet owners do not think about what might happen. They think of how wonderful it feels to have a new addition to the family. Unfortunately, we must all plan for the unexpected and be ready for anything. For those of us who live areas where physical disasters happen regularly, this is even more important.

Think of the pets you have and what it would take for you to provide for their needs for a week to ten days. Think of food, water, crates and cages, and medications. Do they need special things to be comfortable? What is your emergency plan? If you live someplace where evacuations are a normal occurrence, remember that animals are not welcome in shelters. There are many reasons for this. Some people are allergic to animals and others have suppressed immune systems which can be even more damaged with exposure to animals. Even with proper documentation, there are no guarantees that your pet will behave in her normal, happy demeanor. The stress of an emergent situation combined with the unusual setting of a shelter can cause bad reactions in many kinds of pets.

In the event of an emergency or disaster, think of those you know and love and those who think your pets are as important as you do. They will most likely have your small pet’s best interest at heart and be willing to help you. When setting up your emergency plan, see to it that your helpers understand what kind of food you give your animal, how much and how often. Will you be able to get your pet’s enclosure to them quickly and without hassle? If not, consider a substitute cage which can be stored at your emergency location. Try to make it as comfortable and familiar to your small pet as possible. If your pet is a rodent, they will need litter as well.

Make sure you inform your helpers of your veterinarian. And likewise, tell your veterinarian who your helper will be, just in case. Remember to give your helper all they will need to provide your animal the type of home to which they have become accustomed. Pets flourish with consistent care and when they feel comfortable. Ensure that you have all the equipment you will need to transport your pet as well, from a travel crate or cage to a seatbelt harness.

Providing a substitute home for your pet is essential when considering small pet care in the event of an emergency or disaster.