Do you have an emer­gency plan in place for your pets?

Bush Telegraph - - Focus On Farming -

While we canot pre­dict when or where a nat­u­ral dis­as­ter may strike, we can be pre­pared in case one oc­curs.

Most peo­ple al­ready have a plan in place for them­selves and their fam­ily with emer­gency sup­plies and ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties stored away, but how many peo­ple have one for their pets?

House­hold plans must ac­count for all mem­bers of the fam­ily and this in­cludes your an­i­mals. Ideally they should be taken with you if you have to evac­u­ate, as you may not be able to re­turn to your prop­erty af­ter an emer­gency for sev­eral days.

There are sev­eral steps you can take to en­sure you pets are cared for in an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion and one of the first is en­sur­ing you have a nget-awayo kit for them. This should in­clude a car­rier for each small an­i­mal, la­belled with your name, con­tact num­ber and ad­dress. Dogs should have a lead and col­lar with their name and your con­tact de­tails on it, plus food, bot­tled wa­ter, wa­ter bowls, blan­kets, and any med­i­ca­tion they may be tak­ing.

This kit can also dou­ble as sur­vival kit for your pets if you get stuck at home with­out wa­ter or power.

Mi­crochip all your an­i­mals and en­sure mi­crochip and dog reg­is­tra­tion de­tails are up to date, this will help re­unite you with your pet if you should be­come sep­a­rated dur­ing an emer­gency.

If you have do­mes­tic pets or live­stock make sure you have an emer­gency plan so they are se­cure, have food, wa­ter and shel­ter.

Re­mem­ber - you can keep your four-legged friends safe by be­ing pre­pared for any emer­gency.

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