Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Disaster Preparedness

Disaster Preparedness 

What would you do if your pet were stuck on the roof of your car during a ridiculous flood? You can’t get to your pet, and if your pet goes into the water they are going to drown! So, what should you do?

 Imagine how different this situation would be if you were actually prepared. You can save time and most importantly, you can save lives! We get it, nobody ever thinks of disasters or everyday emergencies until they actually happen. But, why not be proactive and start preparing today.
Did you know less than 30% of the American Population is actually prepared for disasters? That tells us roughly 70% of the U.S. would be stuck if a disaster were to hit. In addition to not being prepared for their families, people often forget to prepare a kit for their pets. After all they are apart of the family right? Lets start getting prepared today for the disasters that may happen. In light of National Pet Preparedness month, that is our main focus of this post.
There are three main categories of pet safety. Know a safe place to take your pets, prepare an emergency pet kit, and have a sign or symbol to let emergency helpers know that a pet is on board. There are many shelters that care for pets during disasters, find out which ones they are and approximately how far it is from your house. When preparing an emergency kit, be sure to pack medications, leashes, photos, food, and possibly toys. Lastly, it’s important to put a visible sticker on your home to let rescuers know that there are pets in the house.
So, these are some tips for safety of your pet when they are in your possession. But, suppose your pet happens to run away and someone finds them. In the midst of a disaster chaos happening, the likelihood of your reconnecting with your beloved pet is slim to none!  But no fear, Micro chipping is here. Micro chipping pets has become increasingly popular over the years.
HomeAgain http://public.homeagain.com/microchipping-facts.html gives a brief description of the procedure. “A veterinarian simply injects a microchip for pets, about the size of a grain of rice (12mm), beneath the surface of your pets skin between the shoulder blades. The process is similar to a routine shot, takes only a few seconds, and your pet will not react any more than he would to a vaccination. No anesthetic is required.” This chip, which is safely inserted under the skin of your pet, helps to locate your pet immediately and avoid posting "LOST PET" signs.

So, here were a couple of tips to ensure your pets safety during disasters. Its ALWAYS good to be prepared !

By: Zakayla Hughes , Pet Praise Intern

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