DISASTER RESPONSE PLAN FOR PETS - Ning4u: Anything And Everything's Free
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Disasters, whether it be natural or man-made, humans do their best to prepare for what is to come however unlike us, cats and dogs can’t pack their bags or store water and food that is why it is the task of the responsible pet owner to take the necessary steps to ensure that their pets are ready for disasters.

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Much like humans’ need for an ID, pets must have some form of identification as well. Collars with an updated identification tag will suffice; the tag should include the pet’s name, owner’s name, address and phone number. Some owners opt to have their pets implanted with a microchip and this had been proven successful.

A responsible pet owner should remember that much like them, their pets need emergency supplies in times of crisis. Evacuation and disasters are awfully stressful to one’s pets, their owners must ensure that they have everything they need including:

-          Blanket
-          Disposable garbage bags
-          First Aid Kit
-          Liquid soap or disinfectant
-          Pet bowls
-          Pet food – three to seven days’ worth of it
-          Travel crate
-          Water – seven days’ worth of it

It’s true that there is no place like home. However, pet owners should consider a safe place for their pets while the disaster takes its course. Some pet owners reject the idea of being separated from their furry friends however some evacuation sites do not allow pets hence they should consider the possibility of a safe haven. A safe haven is a place where owners can bring their pets in order to protect them from the life-threatening hazards brought on by the natural disaster; pet owners no longer have to worry about their pets because these havens have their pets’ wellbeing and safety as their top most priority. Pet owners should contact their local veterinarians to find out more about these places.

Disasters are stressful to animals as well; having to leave their home and placed in a circumstance that is anything but normal from their life. A pet owner should be cautious of several hazards that could have been left behind in the backyard when they return home. They must also try to get their pets back to the routine they had prior the disaster.

Pet Food Institute (PFI) is committed in educating pet owners about proper pet nutrition to keep pets healthy and happy.  Through its local initiative, Well-Fed, Well-Nurtured campaign in partnership with the Veterinary Practitioners Association of the Philippines (VPAP), PFI seeks to advocate responsible pet ownership to the ever-growing Filipino pet community.
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