Survival tips for prepping with pets? If you have a cat or a dog, you know that they are our very best friends in the whole wide world. So, when disaster strikes, we want to be prepared for our pets in ways that make them comfortable and safe. This does not mean that we have to feed them survival foods at every meal. In this article, we will share some survival tips for prepping with pets.
We have all heard of the red cross. But have you heard of the pet white cross? These organizations accept pets, even animals, in their shelters and care for them. If you want to help out, one of the best things that you can do is to help your local animal shelter get red crosses, or other pet supplies.
We have all heard of the phrase “aids will keep a town healthy,” but when disaster strikes, it can be true in a literal sense. You can donate money to your local animal shelter or you can send your pet to a facility where they can receive medical treatment. There are also many pet food pantries that accept donations and have a variety of different food choices. Some have a large selection of high quality pet food such as kibble. Some of the food pantries even deliver!
Another one of the immediate area survival tips for prepping with pets is to have a supply kit available for your pets. This kit should include, at minimum, a couple of towels, a can of compressed air, a can of borax, a tube of insect repellent, a first aid kit, emergency veterinarian instructions, and some tasty treats that your pets love. We have all been in a situation where we did not bring enough food or water to our pets and we found ourselves literally having to eat our own cooked food. That’s not fun! Having a couple of canned foods on hand will make it much easier to feed your pets and they will not be hungry during the whole trip.
Emergency first aid supplies include antiseptic, so that you can clean up the possible cuts and scrapes from minor cuts and bruises. We all know that animals can get hurt when there are accidents such as being bit by a dog. A small can of olive oil, such as canola or sunflower oil, will soften the skin and cover up the cuts fairly quickly. Other emergency first aid supplies will include bandages, gauze, antibiotic ointment, and CPR kits.
Don’t forget to prepare a list of veterinarian appointments for the pets as well. Your pets may get sick at times that coincide with their veterinary appointments. Your local animal shelter will be able to give you information about their veterinarians in the immediate area. Once you have a list of several veterinarians, you can call each one and check with them to see if they accept pets. You may also check with other organizations such as the American Animal Hospital Association and the Pet Rescue Association to see if they are familiar with any veterinarians in the immediate area. Most importantly, don’t leave your pets’ health in the hands of someone else; it is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your pets’ health.
The other thing you should have on hand are emergency food kits. I have seen many people leave their pets’ food supplies at home or in the car, even though they have placed a call to the local animal shelter to see if they have food on hand. By leaving pet food supplies in the car you risk losing the car or truck while transporting it to the local shelter. The same goes for the pet food that you may bring with you in the emergency kit. When you are preparing a pet emergency kit for your pet, it is important to have pet food readily available when you need to attend to an emergency.
If you have a list of survival tips for disaster strikes involving pets, you will also want to have a list of local animal shelters that accept pets. You want to be able to find a good permanent home for your pet in the event that you get a call regarding an animal that has escaped from a local animal shelter. If you do not have any immediate family or friends in the area that own a dog or cat and cannot adopt them, consider placing your pet in a foster care program. There are many places where you can find a foster home for a dog or cat and you can often get that pet back into your loving life with little or no cost to you. So, these are some of the things that you should be prepared for in case you ever find yourself in a situation that requires prepping with pets.