So now that we are all on high-alert for Emergency Preparedness, have you planned for your pets as well?
Beastie Boutique would like to assist you with that. So we have brought in and are continuing to bring in items that could help you.
1. Food and water: Have an emergency bag ready to go with non-perishable food. If you can, try to provide food they are used to so as to avoid stomach upsets. Ensure that you have enough safe drinking water for your pet in addition to the water you need for your family (remember an animal can drink more water than usual when under stress). Plus you will need extra water to clean up after your pet.We recommend that you consider freeze dried food for an emergency.
- We carry the Northwest Naturals Freeze Dried.
- We have brought in Honest Kitchen. We even brought in single serving containers so your pet can try it before stocking up.
- Your other options are stocking up on canned food. If you feed dry food only, keep an extra bag on hand.
2. Medicines and first aid kit: Store any extra supply of medicines your pet needs in a waterproof container, as well as any special dietary needs or supplements. Also, prepare a first aid kit. Also, have a carrier and a leash that you can use to transport your pet – practice getting them in and out of the carrier so they are familiar with the routine.
- We have brought in a First Aid Kit that you may want to keep for your pet.
- We also brought in Pet Alert Safety Fire Rescue Stickers so first responders will know how many pets you have in your home.
- Do not tranquilize your pets. They’ll need their survival instincts should the storm require that.
3. Veterinary/Medical Records: In the same waterproof container, store copies of any medical and vaccination records including your vet’s name and telephone number. Make sure you have any extra copies in case you have to shelter your pet or place them in foster care. Also, carry copies of your pet insurance information.
4. Identification tags: Make sure these are up-to-date and securely fastened to your pet’s collar. Also consider getting your pet micro-chipped. If collar is lost or if someone decides to keep your pet, this will show proof as to who the pet belongs to.
- If you are interested in having a tag made, we carry the Red Dingo Line. It is a very high quality, fashionable (lots of designs) pet tag for both cats and dogs.
5. Have your local shelters number on hand.
6. Have a plan already established on which family member is responsible for your pets needs (who will grab the pet, the food, water, disaster preparedness kit, carrier, etc.).
7. Make sure you have a leash on hand. Even after an emergency, your pets may still have the instinct to run so it is best to take them out on a leash even if they are very well trained. Let them acclimate to the changes around them.
We want you and your pets to not only be safe, but to be ready in case of an emergency. If there is something you need, please feel free to ask so that we may assist you and your pet in getting what you need.
Disclaimer – Kristina McLeskey is not a Veterinarian. These are just general guidelines. If you have any concerns about your pet’s health, please see your veterinarian.
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