It’s almost the end of the year! This means vacations, holidays, and (unfortunately) floods. Malaysia was hit by unprecedented flooding last year, and the trend is expected to continue this year.
Videos and pictures of houses being underwater and families stranded on roofs were plastered all over the news for weeks. It is scary for everyone – including our pets. It is best for us to prepare ourselves for the worst, including taking steps to ensure pet safety.
Here are some pointers you need to consider when keeping your furry friends safe during a flood.
#1 Make sure your cats and dogs are wearing appropriate identification
Getting separated from our pets is one of the worst things to happen to a pet lover. Alas, it may happen in a natural disaster. Well-fitted pet collars for dogs and cats with ID tags are crucial in helping good samaritans in identifying your pet if you are separated from each other. You can even consider getting your pet microchipped at a vet!
#2 Having portable pet carriers
Having pet carriers ready to go at any moment’s notice can be a matter of life or death. Being able to quickly evacuate can make all the difference. If you foresee your pet having anxiety if placed in a pet carrier, you can help them assimilate them beforehand. It is crucial to keep them as calm as possible during an emergency situation.
#3 Remember to pack familiar pet toys
Flooding is a stress-inducing anxiety-ridden experience for everyone – including your furry friends. It is always comforting to have a familiar comfort item when facing unmountable stress. Keeping your pets calm during evacuation is crucial for their well-being. If your cat or dog has a favourite pet toy, make sure that you remember to pack them as you evacuate. Familiar smells can be comforting to our furry friends.
#4 Keep food and medication stocked
Just like any of us, our pets have their favourite foods. However, in an emergency situation, it may be difficult to get any foodstuff for your pets. It is best to keep a stock of their favourite non-perishable pet food in a high place just in case along with any of their medications.
Flooding can be one of the worst experiences someone can endure. It is important to make sure that you are prepared to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
You can come and grab any pet supplies that you need at your closest Pet Lovers Centre outlet today! Don’t wait until it is too late.