A common mistake many preppers make when preparing for a crisis is to overlook their pet's needs. This can cause some very challenging problems when disaster strikes.
In this article, we'll look at several pointers you should be aware of. We'll use dogs as an example here, but several of the pointers will apply whether it's a cat, hamster or even goldfish.
Pet safety and hygiene is very important if you wish to keep them in good health during dangerous times. Most pet owners treat their pets like a family member. So, it can be devastating if their pet is adversely affected due to a lack of planning on the owner's part.
* Pet safety
For starters, you'll need to store food and water for your pet too. In the event of a flood or earthquake, the roads may be impassable, and the stores may be closed. You'll not be able to purchase pet food. So, it's best to store enough food for them to tide you through the tough times.
If there's a pandemic, it's best NOT to bring your pet out for a walk because they will track in dirt and germs from outside. Do not let your cat stroll through the neighborhood as it pleases and return home when it pleases. Pets can get sick too and they can pass on the germs to their owners.
Maintain pet-free zones in your house. During a time of crisis, it's best NOT to let your pet into the kitchen. If you're using camping stoves because you have no more gas, the pet may inadvertently stumble on the stove and get burned.
Keep the pet out of toilets too. If you're recycling water, etc. and storing it in the bathroom, you do not want your pet drinking the water from there and getting sick.
When bringing your pet out, always keep it on a leash and ensure that the fence around your house is secure so that your pet doesn't get lost outside.
* Pet hygiene
Keep a pet transport box that's ready to use should you ever need to bug out. It'll make it easier to transport your pet. Should you need to stay in a shelter, etc. having a dog crate will make help you to contain your pet responsibly and not make others around you uncomfortable.
Change the litter when your dog or cat defecates. Do not leave it unattended for hours. You want to change the litter quickly and wipe the area with a disinfectant.
Keep pet shampoo, pet toothpaste, etc. for your dog. The rule of thumb is that you'll store extras of whatever it is your pet currently uses and needs.
If possible, store medication too. Some pets are prone to diarrhea. Others get rashes and so on. Keep the medication you normally use ready for such occasions.
Always keep your pet clean and well-groomed. This is the best way to keep it healthy and happy. That might mean keeping grooming tools and clippers ready for use.
Neglecting your pet's well-being during a crisis can result in their death. Unlike humans who can fend for themselves, most pets have become reliant on their owners to provide for them and it's your responsibility to do this.
Ultimately, you'll need to decide exactly what your pet needs and how you can make it comfortable when times are tough. Prepare for these scenarios accordingly.
You will be surprised to find that when the power is out because of a flood, or if a curfew is imposed because there's violence on the streets, your pet will be a source of comfort and joy.
You'll both be looking after each other in your own way. Some angels choose fur instead of wings.