Flash Flooding – Are your pets safe?

by | General Pet Care |

cat carrierSevere weather has hit once again.  First the floods of Alberta and now the flash floods in the Greater Toronto Area.  Mother nature can strike at any time and it’s important to be prepared and have an emergency plan in place for your family and your pets.

Being prepared for an emergency can reduce stress and keep your pets safe. Developing a family emergency response plan is a great way to help deal with any unforeseen disruptions that may occur in event of an evacuation.

This includes:

  • setting a primary and alternate meeting point away from the home,
  • listing emergency telephone numbers where all family members can easily find them (including the name and number of your pet’s veterinarian),
  • and putting together a family emergency survival kit.

Test the plan regularly with all family members – including pets – involved. For example, prepare your cat for a potential evacuation by putting him in a carrying cage in a quick and calm manner. Simulate a real emergency environment and conduct your drill at night to allow pets to become accustomed to the chaos, uncertainty and disruption that will accompany an emergency situation.

It’s also a good idea to have a pet emergency survival kit and keep it with your family’s emergency survival kit for quick and easy access.  Your pet emergency kit should include:

  • 72 hour supply of food, bowls, and can opener
  • 72 hour supply of bottled water
  • Blankets/towels
  • Leash, muzzle, harness
  • Litter pan, litter, plastic bags and scooper
  • Pet carrier for transportation
  • Medical records, especially proof of vaccinations
  • Medications
  • Current photo of your pet in case he gets lost
  • List of boarding facilities in your area, hotels/motels that accept pets and friends and relatives that you and your pet can stay with (pets are generally not allowed inside emergency shelters designated for people, with the exception of service animals such as guide dogs.
  • ID tag (microchipping is also recommended

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These are just some of the things you can do to ensure your pets safety during an emergency event such as flash flooding, severe weather, and other devastating events.

For addition tip, visit the Ontario SPCA’s Emergency Preparedness Fact Sheet or visit the American Red Cross Pet Safety page for other great information.