Think about what may happen to your pets if you become unable to look after them due to an illness or crisis. Having a Pet Emergency Plan in place means peace of mind knowing your loved ones will be cared for while you get back on your feet.
If the Covid-19 Pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that life can be unpredictable. 6 months ago, we may have thought to ourselves “It’s never going to happen to me” but now, our perceptions of the world have changed and we have become more aware of our need to prepare. Your pets depend on you to see them through so, there is no time like the present to get a little more organised and put together a go bag for your furry friends.
Some things to consider:
- Who is going to look after your pets?
- Get in touch with family, friends or possibly even your local Vet to see if they provide boarding facilities. If possible, make sure your pet is familiar with those they will be around in an emergency. Being around familiar scents and sounds will make them more comfortable.
- What to have in your Go Bag.
- Pack at least a 3-day supply of food in air tight containers. While boarding facilities will have food, your family or friends may not, this will give them time to get to the local supermarket while keeping your pets fed.
- Medication (if required), along with instructions on frequency and time to give it to them.
- Copies of important documents. Make a copy of documents like your pets’ microchip & registration details, vaccination paperwork, etc. these can be left with your pets’ caretakers in advanced and added to the bag.
- Emergency Contacts. Include the contact details for your local vet as they will have detailed medical history on hand. Make sure the carer has been granted permission to talk to your vet on your behalf.
- Your pet’s favourite toys. Just as you will be missing your pet, they will also be missing you. A favourite toy or two will bring them comfort as they patiently await your return.
- Test your plan.
- Preparation and practice. Consider leaving your pet with their intended carer overnight. This will help them get use to a new surrounding and determine if you have done enough should a real emergency occur.
Being prepared now is simple, trying to think while going through an emergency will only add to the stress you and your pet face. Get the bag ready and leave it somewhere convenient and out of the way then, if something should happen, it will be one less thing for you to worry about.