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Top 10 Dog Saftey Tips

Aug 17, 2007
At various times of the year, Mother Nature casts her wrath and fury upon us in the form of tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, fires, earthquakes, snowstorms, and even volcanoes.

Add to the mix man-made emergencies such as chemical spills, explosions, or nuclear power disasters and the potential for wreaking havoc on our lives escalates.

In most cases, disaster shelters don't allow pets to wait out the problem with their owners. Often, the family dog is forgotten under such circumstances and left behind to fend for himself until his human family returns. Unfortunately, many dogs don't survive the disaster, or they become stranded, only to be rescued by strangers and never reunited with those they love.

Some disasters, such as floods, may last for several weeks, while others, such as snowstorms, may keep us from getting to the grocery store for a few days. Whatever the potential for disaster in your geographic locale, knowing what to do with your dog will help him survive the situation.

1. Always take your dog with you or board him at a safe location outside the disaster area. Never leave your dog alone in the home with food and water. Animals can become disoriented and panicked in times of crises. They can upset their water or food bowls. If a door collapses or a window blows in, your dog can easily escape. If a wall or roof caves in, your dog could be crushed and die. In a flood, your dog could drown.

2. If you travel frequently and might be away when disaster strikes, having a buddy in the neighborhood who will look after your dog may be his only chance for survival. Being a buddy to a neighbor's dog will help ensure that others' animals are protected in times of distress.

3. Put a collar and identification tag on your dog that includes your name and phone number in case he becomes lost or stranded.

4. Keep your dog's vaccinations current.

5. Know the locations of animal shelters in your area in case you have to visit them if your dog gets lost.

6. Contact friends or relatives outside the disaster area for temporary placement of your dog.

7. Prepare a list of veterinarians and boarding facilities that might be able to board your dog.

8. Contact pet-friendly hotels and motels outside the disaster area that might be able to house you and your dog.

9. Keep the results of your research, such as relevant phone numbers and contacts, handy.

10. Keep a disaster kit on hand or purchase one. Check your pet stores or mail-order catalogs for ready-made kits or make your own.
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