Top Pet Emergency Tips

Did you know a staggering 63% off Australian households own pets?
But how many of these households do you think have a tried and tested evacuation emergency plan, be it for floods, or bushfires, or any emergency for that matter, that includes their four-legged friends?
Do you have one?

Emergencies such as bushfires and cyclones are an all-too-common occurrence in Australia.  Earlier this year the Sampson Flat bushfires ravaged over 31,000 acres of forest and grazing land in South Australia, with native wildlife, livestock and family pets perishing in the blaze.  
Would you feel confident in safely and efficiently relocating your pet in a case of an emergency?  
Do you have an emergency plan in place that includes all family members; big or small or furry?
Unfortunately, not many people do.
So today I’m giving you my TOP PET EMERGENCY TIPS, so you are totally prepared for the worst emergency should it arise.

Step 1: CREATE An Evacuation Plan 
Take time to create an evacuation plan.  Your plan should incorporate the following:
  • How to evacuate your family and pets out of the house (for example, through the front door, back door dependant on emergency).
  • A safe evacuation point
  • A list of pet-friendly accommodation.  Include local shelters and ones further away; in case of widespread fires.
  • If possible, and it’s safe to do so, plan to take your pets with you. 
Step 2: Update Your Pets ID
In the event that you become separated from your pets it will make the rescue crews efforts to reunite you a lot easier if your pet’s identification is up to date.  You should make sure that your pets have their ID tags attached to their collar and are micro-chipped with your current address and contact details.

Step 3: Create a Pet Emergency Supply Kit
This kit will help you when evacuating your pets, or alternatively, it will assist emergency rescue crews if they have to evacuate, transport or return your pet to you.  
The kit should consist of:
  • Food
  • Bottled water and a bowl
  • Spare collar and lead
  • A pet first aid kit
  • Blankets and/or towels
  • A toy
  • Your pet’s medications
  • A printed list of your pets medications
  • Your vet’s contact details
  • A photo of your pet(s)

Step 4: Learn How To Perform CPR on Your Pet
Download my How To Perform CPR On Pets Guide, complete with diagrams, which will provide you with a ready reference to the best resuscitation procedures to follow; should a pet emergency arise. Remember, knowing a few emergency procedures if your dog is choking or having difficulty breathing could save your pets life.  

Dr Mark

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