In Wisconsin I’ve learned that we have tornadoes and snow storms. But other parts of the country have different dangers which can strike fast, leaving many people in a panic when it comes to their pets. With the recent attack of Irene on the east coast, along with flooding all over the Midwest, having a disaster preparedness plan for you and your pet is very important.
* Create a pet emergency/disaster “kit” and place it in a prominent place in your home.
* Learn pet CPR and first-aid. The red-cross actually offers a pet first aid course. There are also several independent companies which teach it. The Bifrost Farms staff has had several hours of pet first-aid and CPR training for just such emergencies while our client’s beloved dogs are staying with us.
* Have a plan set with neighbors in case you’re not home. Make arrangements for a trusted neighbor to take your pets and meet you at a specific location.
* Microchip your pet. However, it does no good unless you register your pet with one of the pet ID services.
* Don’t leave your pet behind. Even if you think you will only be gone a few hours, you never know what will happen while you’re gone and you may not be able to come back for your pets.