National Pet Preparedness Month

June 24th, 2022

It is so hot, and everybody seems to be complaining about it. To be honest, I quite enjoy it. But after hot weather, there is often a period of heavy rains. The rain might bring flash floods. Uttoxeter, where I live, is relatively safe. But a few years back, in 2002 and 2013, I witnessed terrible floods in the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava. River Danube caused lots of damage with a flow of over 10.000 cubic meters of water per second. As the climate is changing, the weather is changing too. And we better be prepared if we can. 

Are you a pet owner? Do you know what you would do in case of any emergency? 

June is National Pet Preparedness Month, giving us a helpful reminder of what to do in case of an emergency or natural disaster. It only takes a short time to create an emergency plan for yourself and your pets, and it can be a life saver. Preparing ahead and having a good action plan might help with a quicker transition to a safe environment. It is good to know what to do. Remember, you may have only a few minutes to get yourself and your animals to safety.

Many disasters like flash floods, extreme storms, gales, or house fires can happen quickly, giving those affected very little time to prepare and evacuate. Then there are health emergencies and you are suddenly taken to hospital, and there is no one to look after your pet. 

Do you have a plan for your pets in the event of a fire, flooding, extreme storm, or health-related emergency? ‘Our animals rely on us for their protection and well-being.’ 


What to include in your pet’s emergency plan:

*Identify a list of pet-friendly options for shelter, accommodation, and friends who would take you in

*Share your plan with a neighbor or friend who could get your pets out if you get separated or not at home at the time of disaster

*Prepare emergency grab bag (include food and medication, water, treats, towels, blankets, bedding, collapsible bowl, a few familiar toys, first aid supplies, extra leash and collar, poo bags, Calming floral spray, carrier, or crate. Store it in a waterproof container.

*Make sure your pet is wearing proper identification. The Blue Cross recommends that all dogs and cats have a microchip (keep the registration updated) and an identity tag, with up-to-date contact details, on their collar. Have their up-to-date vaccination records and photo of you and your pet together. 

Evacuate with your pets as if it’s not safe for you; it won’t be safe for your pets. Never leave behind a chained or caged animal. 

Have you heard of The Cinnamon trust?

The Cinnamon Trust is the only specialist national charity which seeks to relieve the anxieties, problems, and sometimes injustices, faced by elderly and terminally ill people and their pets, thereby saving a great deal of human sadness and animal suffering. A network of volunteers “hold hands” with owners to provide vital, loving care for their pets. The Cinnamon trust will keep them together; and they’ll walk a dog daily for a housebound owner, foster pets when owners need hospital care, fetch the cat food, or even clean out the bird cage.

Bea xx

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