How to Keep Your Fur Babies Safe During and After a Disaster
In recent years, the term “fur baby” has entered the lexicon because of the love shared between owners and their pets. Homeowners often go to extremes to make sure their pets are well taken care of, whether in the form of ice cream treats, leaving the TV tuned to “dog and cat programming,” or purchasing beds that are more comfortable than the ones the owners themselves are sleeping on.
Most owners see their pets as part of the family, and that’s why they’re so concerned about these “fur babies” when disaster strikes. They want to know that their pets will be okay. So, what can you do to keep your furry friends safe during and after a disaster? You can start by following these simple tips:
Microchip Every Pet
Any pet that can be microchipped should be microchipped. While the primary intention is to help identify and locate your pet when he or she has gone missing on any given day, it can be especially helpful when a disaster strikes and your pet runs off because they’re scared. Injecting a microchip into your pet isn’t a guarantee that you’ll be reunited if you become separated, but it greatly improves the chances.
Update the Microchip’s Information
Many homeowners change addresses and phone numbers at some point after their pets have been microchipped. If your pets are lost during a disaster and found by someone, it will difficult to track you down if your information has not been updated. If you can’t remember whether or not it’s been updated as of this time, now is the perfect time to get it done (after you’ve read the rest of these tips, of course).
Have a Pet Emergency Kit Available
Many households have emergency kits that include first aid supplies, bottles of water, food rations, and other necessities to be used in the event of a disaster. These can be real lifesavers in a variety of situations. Unfortunately, the same kind of kits for pets are often left off of a home’s disaster preparedness strategy. You can fix this right away by creating a survival kit for each animal consisting of food, water, first aid, and required medications.
Stick a Rescue Decal on Your Home
It’s common for pet owners these days to have a rescue decal in their window. This decal, which should include your name, your pet’s name, and your telephone number, is meant to inform rescue workers that there may be animals inside that need assistance following a disaster. If you’re able to take your pets with you when you leave, be sure to write “evacuated” on the decal so that rescuers don’t waste their time and can move to the next house with pets.
Don’t Forget About Your Other Pets
While dogs and cats are the primary pets for most homeowners, other common pets – hamsters, ferrets, mice, rats, birds, fish, snakes, etc. – can’t be forgotten. These critters often spend the majority of their time in an enclosure, which means they’re even more at risk. You should never run back into a home to grab these pets, but if you can safely grab them on the way out, do it. To quicken the process, have a small emergency box on standby to put them in.
Keeping your pets safe during and after a disaster is imperative. If you follow the tips listed above, your pets will have a better chance of getting through a disaster safely. And if you find yourself in need damage restoration services, be sure to reach out to our us at Abbotts Fire & Flood. One call does it all! Our team of disaster restoration professionals assess the damage, provide you with an estimate, coordinate with your insurance adjuster, and get you back to normal quickly.