NDP- What about my dog?
The sirens go off. Weather radio is blaring the alert. You grab your kids, husband and family pet. It’s time to go to your safe spot. The basement, the center-most room of the house, the outside underground tornado shelter. Regardless of the location you’re looking for a safe space to reach until the storm ends. In some cases you’ve grabbed the essentials, things you’ll desperately need (water, flashlight, radio, blanket, purse). What about the dog?
That member of your family is gonna be thirsty, hungry. What happens if you get seperated? If you’re not home when the disaster strikes? This is when you need to have an NDP (Natural Disaster Plan) for your pet. Now, some would call this idea crazy; possibly a little overboard. But if your dog is as important to you as any other member in the family it doesn’t hurt to err on the side of caution. That being said here are a few tips to make sure that your loving animal has every chance to stay with you or be reunited.
– Microchip, Microchip, Microchip! These little darlings are easily applied, and will allow your dog to be re-connected with you even if they run off or survive that disaster at home. Couple these with identifying tags on your dogs collar and you have just doubled the rate of success.
– Keep up-to-date medical records and a photo of your dog with you.
-Have information on dog friendly hotels/motels and boarding facilities/kennels in your area.
Other supplies to have ready:
-Extra leash and collar with an identification tag
-Pet food (at least a two-week supply of dry food in water-tight container or canned food; non-electric can opener needed)
-Water- at least a two-week supply of clean water– large dogs need one gallon per day.
-Up-to-date health records
-Medications – flea and tick and two-month supply of heartworm
-Toys and treats (kongs, ropes, and balls)
As mentioned above, these lists may be considered a little over dramatic, but it helps to be prepared. You can’t predict when disaster will strike. Even compiling half of the supplies will have you more prepared then most. If there’s something missing from the list or you have other items that you think are important to have during a disaster comment and let us know!