Saturday, January 23, 2010

Preparing For Your Pets In Emergencies

In a poll done by the American Kennel Club, it was found that 99% of dog owners in the Northwest, keep their dogs vaccinations up to date.  That is a higher percentage than any other region in the U.S.


Now let me ask you this. Do you have an emergency preparedness kit for your animals? Most people don't.

With all the weather disasters happening at this time of year, it's a good idea to think about what you might need, depending on where you live, should there be a disaster. In the same survey, as above, it was concluded that 97% would not leave their pets behind should they have to evacuate. They would defy orders and take their pets with them. If you are in this 97%,  like us, you will need to be prepared with water, food, blanket or bedding, meds. if needed, paper work and Vet info, plus whatever else you may need depending on your dog or your disaster.

I guess for us, the worse thing would be forest fire. We get a lot of snow here, but that can be managed when one knows it's coming....year after year after year. Not too many ice storms. Few earthquakes.  But a fire? That's a real possibility. We have millions of acres of trees and forests and dry grassy fields.  We have had to prepare once before to leave due to a fast approaching forest fire. Luckily, the great firefighters who brave these fires to save us, did a great job of stopping it before it got too close.

I believe I need to update my kit. It's been a long while since I made copies  of pertinent info for an emergency kit on my Gordons.  Time to do it. How about you?

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