No one ever thinks an emergency is going to happen in their world, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Human emergency kits are pretty well-documented, but it’s important that we think about our pets as well. Here are some tips from Kriser’s Natural Pet – courtesy of Brad and one of our managers, Siobhan – for what to have available for your furry family members in an emergency.
Food and Water. Have at least three days’ worth of food and water for both you and your pets! For raw feeders, Ziwi Peak is a great raw-alternative option in either a 2.2 lb or 5 lb bag. It’s light to carry, and because it’s nutrient dense, a little quantity goes a long way toward feeding your dog. For kibble-eaters, a 4 or 5-lb bags of your favorite brand fit pretty well in emergency kits and are fairly transportable. Grab that and a travel bowl, and you’re in good shape. Just remember to change the food in your emergency kit every six months to keep it fresh. Pack those away with a couple of bottles of water and several day’s worth of any pet medications your furbabies need so you are ready to go in a pinch.
Extra “Clothes”. Don’t forget to grab an extra collar, harness and leash for your furry friend, so they are ready to get moving in a crisis. Make sure your dog or cat is equipped with an ID tag and a microchip. Need an ID? Come visit Kriser’s and check out our broad selection of Red Dingo tags. Remember – if you get separated, these are the best ways to ensure your pet is returned to you.
Crates. One of the easiest ways to corral your pet in a crisis is by having a safe “home” away from home for them. A crate can keep your furry family safe and secure, and can be covered with a blanket to protect them in the case of any debris issues. Check out some of the carriers and crates at your local Kriser’s, including those from Petmate and Sherpa.
Good training. Work on teaching your pet how to return to you and to gather around in a crisis. One of our store managers has taught her dogs and cats to come running with a “gather” command. Even her three cats come running and wait for their leashes when they hear their “gather” order. Remember, though, that a scared pet is not a willing pet, so if you have a particularly skittish furkid, better to get them ready ahead of time!
Safe Zone. Have your safe zone picked out long before you’ll ever need it. Basements, first floor rooms with no outside walls or windows, or garages can be effective safe zones. Make sure that your whole family knows your safe zone! You may also want to have a Thundershirt on hand for your furry friend to help soothe the anxiety that is likely to ensure. This hugs your fur baby and helps them feel protected and calm in a time of stress.
Here’s hoping nothing bad ever happens to you and your furry family, but being prepared if it does. This list is by no means exhaustive so feel free to share other ideas if you have them in the comments.