Disaster can strike at any time, and usually when you least expect it. Are you and your pets ready if the unthinkable should happen?
From torrential rain and flooding to bush fires and extreme heat; Australia gets it all. While many homeowners put time and thought into preparing “Grab and Go Bags” for their families, not as many take the time to consider what happens with their pets.
Food and Water
It’s crucial to put aside enough non-perishable food to last your family at least 3-7 days. While you’re preparing your emergency kit, make sure you include food and water for your pets as well, and don’t forget the bowls!
Every 12 months, check the date on all food to make sure it’s still fresh and safe for consumption. Keep it somewhere that’s easy to access and remove in a hurry.
You may remember to store kibble away for a potential disaster, but what about your pets’ other needs? Purchase a spare leash, a pet bowl, blankets, any kitty litter you might require, and medical supplies. If your pets are on long-term medication, ask us if it’s possible to have some of this set aside for this purpose.
If you need to leave in a hurry, make sure you have something in which to carry your pets. A carry cage is perfect for cats or small creatures, while dogs are easy enough to position with the family in the back seat. Pop a seat harness in your vehicle’s glovebox for when you might need it.
In times of panic, pets can lose their collars and end up far from home. Improve the chance of a happy reunion with a microchip. If you move or change your phone number make sure your details are updated with the appropriate registry. If you’re unsure which one, we can help you to find out.
Every family should have somewhere in mind to stay if they need to leave home. Make sure the friends or family you nominate are happy for your pets to come too. If you are staying in an evacuation shelter, organise with someone you trust to take care of your pets as most centres will not allow them.
No one wants to find themselves in an emergency situation, but it helps to be prepared. The more you plan, the less stressful the time can be for you and your pets.