All this got me thinking about the need to remind folks of basic things you can do to prepare your pet to help them survive should a disaster strike your area. Check out these simple steps:
- Be sure your pet always wears identification tags, even if it is an indoor pet.
- Keep recent photos of your pet online where you can access them if your home were destroyed and your pet is lost.
- Keep a supply of pet food & treats stored safely at all times.
- Have a pet carrier and pet first aid kit available.
- If your pet is prone to stress (while away from home, etc) buy some stress-relief supplements and have them stored.
- Keep a "to-go" bag somewhere in the house with non-perishable supplies (brushes, chew toys, bottled water, canned food, etc) that you can grab in a hurry if needed.
The current situation in Japan is of course, much more tragic than the San Diego fires a few years ago, but it still underscores the need to be prepared. Having a pet is a big responsibility even when times are good. Being a good pet parent also means being responsible to consider the pets needs as well as your own in the event a disaster strikes. Aside from the peace of mind that you helped save your pet, they can also provide enormous comfort if you still have each other when everything else is lost.