The survival tips are:
1) Identification: Get your dog microchiped. These are about the size of a grain of rice and are implanted by your veterinarian just under the skin at the back of their neck with little or no pain. When scanned by a chip reader, your name and contact information is displayed and you get your dog back. These chips can be implanted in a large variety of pets including horses. Additionally, make sure your dog’s vaccinations and license is up to date and tags are in place. You may be required to leave your dog at a shelter and you’ll be glad you did these items.
2) Get a “Kennel/crate” or small animal carrier. These will help keep your dog safe and calm. Advance “crate training” can be very helpful to put your pet at ease. Emergencies often create stressful situations for pets and can cause unusual behavior. If you have to evacuate, you don’t want to waste valuable time trying to round up your scared dog, so do this well in advance. Controlling your dog is essential to it’s safety. You should have an appropriate “muzzle” device just in case, as well as a sturdy collar and leash.
3) Be as calm as possible yourself. Our pets are keenly attuned to us and react strongly to stress that you exhibit. Additionally, bright lights, sounds, other animals and smells will agitate your dog. The “fight or flight” self preservation mechanism will be very strong. Dogs are “pack animals” and look to their pack leader, the Alpha Dog, for guidance (that’s you). Show your dog strength and resolve.
4) The more prepared you are in advance, the less stressful the emergency situation will become. Think out your plan in advance; starting NOW. Gather your survival items or purchase a pre-assembled 72 hour emergency survival kit for yourself and loved ones. During “fire season” or hurricane season” keep your car’s fuel tank a little fuller than normal just in case you need to evacuate the area. Large scale evacuations from hurricanes or wildfires have resulted in traffic delays of several hours. You may not be able to return for weeks.
5) Assemble or purchase a dog survival kit. These should include food, water, and bowls; first aid items; dog toys; waste clean-up items; and a strong leash and collar. These are minimum requirements and you likely will want to add other items as well as any medications your dog requires. Your vet’s phone number is another reassuring thing to have in your dog’s survival kit.
Now you know the tips to keep your dog safe and have it survive the next emergency disaster!