Month: February 2019

Widows With Pets – Protect Pets in an Emergency and at Your Disability Or Death

Your pet or pets are important to you, perhaps even a lifeline immediately after your husband’s death. That’s why your pet’s protection during an emergency and at your disability or death takes on a sense of urgency. The key to your pet’s safety is to be as prepared as possible before an emergency strikes.

Here are a few suggestions to protect your Pet or Pets in an emergency and at your disability and death. Assemble a Pet Safety Kit. Carry a Pet Care Card. Create a Pet Information Record including Medical History and your Pet’s Care Plan. Prepare for evacuation, just in case. Choose a successor Caregiver and create a Letter of Instructions.

A Pet Safety Kit includes everything your pet will need to survive and be as comfortable as possible until the danger passes. For example:

  • Food and water for at least 5 days for each pet.
  • Pet bowls and a manual can opener.
  • Medications and medical records stored in a waterproof container. Be aware of the expiration dates and rotate the medications as necessary.
  • Identification tag that’s up to date and securely fastened to your pet’s collar. Include your cell phone number and the phone number of a friend or relative outside of your immediate area. If possible, attach the address and phone number of your evacuation site. If your pet gets lost, his tag is his ticket home. Have a current photo of your pet for identification purposes.
  • First aid kit and a pet’s first aid book.
  • Cat litter box, a litter scoop and litter garbage bags to collect pet waste.
  • Sturdy leashes and carriers for each pet to transport pets safely and to make certain that your pets can’t escape. Carriers should be large enough for the animal to stand comfortably, turn around and lie down. Your pet may have to stay in the carrier for hours at a time while you’re away from home. To accommodate smaller pets have a secure cage with no loose objects. Include blankets or towels for bedding and warmth.
  • Current photos and descriptions of your pets to help
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Stocking Up on Pet Supplies for Emergencies

When people think of emergency situations like hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes, they often think of the supplies they need to stock. Most of the time, they don’t consider which pet supplies they need. If you’re stocking up food and water for your family that will last you a couple of weeks, you also need to stock up on supplies for your pet. In a major natural disaster, many stores are unable to open or only have limited supplies. If you fail to stock up on pet supplies, you may be unable to purchase supplies after an emergency.

Food and Water

The two most fundamental pet supplies include food and water. Just like people, your pets will need a couple weeks worth of emergency food and water. Dry dog and cat food lasts a long time, so make it a habit to keep a couple extra bags or boxes of food in the pantry. If it gets close to expiring before you can use it, just restock with fresh food and use the older food to feed your pet. If your pet enjoys moist food, consider buying in bulk at a discount store and keeping it frozen or in a cool place to extend the shelf life.

It’s easy to stock up on water, just add an extra gallon or two to your regular supply and designate it for your dog or cat. Animals don’t need as much water as people, so a couple gallons should get you through a short duration of time following an emergency. If possible, fill an automatic water jug that attaches to a bowl with treated water. This way your pet will have fresh water at all times following an emergency.

Extra Pet Supplies for Emergency Situations

Some other items you may need in an emergency include disposable dishes for food and water. If you need to stay away from home following an emergency, disposable dishes make it easier to travel with your pet. You may also want an extra pet bed, an extra collar and leash, an emergency supply of necessary medications, and … Read the rest