In times of distress, our four-legged family members turn to us for safety and protection. Whether it's a natural disaster or a pandemic, taking the proper steps to prepare for an emergency situation with your dog could mean the difference between a catastrophe and a silver lining.
Emergency Prep 101
There are numerous emergency situations that can result in you and your pets being trapped inside for days. As a basic precaution against most disasters, keep the following supplies on hand at all times for your pup:
- Non-perishable dog food
- Clean water
- A 30-day supply of your dog’s medicine
- Flashlights, with plenty of batteries to keep them going
- Extra leashes and collars
- Vaccination and medical records
- Photos and descriptions of each pet
- A pet first-aid kit along with a guide to pet first-aid basics
- Stickers you can attach to your pet’s tags with the information of your intended destination and outside temporary contact information
Check your supplies and replace and replenish them on a semi-annual basis. All supplies should be stored in a waterproof container where they can be easily and quickly accessed in an emergency.
When a Health Emergency Is Imminent
When you know an emergency situation is imminent, stock up on the perishable necessities for Fido like food and treats -- you know he would agree treats are a necessity -- and refill any medication he requires. No one should hoard resources, but prepare to have adequate food and essentials for an appropriate period of time for all members of your family. Two weeks is typically considered a good place to start.
It is also prudent to think about managing your money during this turbulent period. While setting your budget and allocating resources, make sure to account for Fido’s needs as well. Finally, you'll want to have a plan in place in the event you are no longer able to care for him.
Don’t Forget F.I.D.O.
BringFido, the world’s leading pet travel and lifestyle brand, has developed a four-step checklist to help keep your furry friends safe and by your side during a disaster or major emergency. Before it’s too late, remember to F.I.D.O.!
Sheltering in Place With Pets
If you need to limit your time outside of the home with your dog, there are precautions you can take to minimize risk. Teaching your furry friend to practice social distancing, for example, will help you both steer clear of crowds and unwanted contact. Finding ways to keep your cooped-up canine entertained and happy at home is also important. New toys to keep him distracted, or activities you can enjoy together at home, might help pass the time and relieve tension for you both.
BringFido stands ready to assist you during any emergency situation. Our Canine Concierges are here to offer essential advice on how best to navigate these challenging times. Visit our website, mobile app (for iPhone or Android) or blog for additional valuable resources.