With the recent high level of tornado activity and the start of hurricane season upon us I thought it would be a good idea to tell you how to calm a dog or other pet during a disaster or storm.
I'll also post below the Family Disaster Dog Go Bag List for those who may of missed it before.
Now is the time to work with your family dog and show them how to carry a backpack with these supplies along with their own dog food. Train now while you have time.
You'll have a better chance of survival because you and your dog will know what to do.
Once out of control you or the animal can be seriously injured so the smartest thing to do is to be prepared by knowing what to do.
Regardless if the animal is a dog, cat, rabbit or horse it can be calmed down when it is frightened or stressed with the use of voice and body movements.
Owners or handlers can unintentionally make an animal harder to handle if they do not know how to calm the animal.
Assess the SituationThe first concern before touching the animal is to try to determine what is making the animal upset.
Is the animal scared or mad because it does not want to do something being asked? Is the animal hurt? An injured animal can be very dangerous and difficult to handle and calm down.
Be careful as you slowly approach the animal. Do a quick visual assessment of what is going on in the animal’s surroundings as you approach. Try to see what might be causing the excitement. A caged animal may be caught or snagged on the fencing causing the animal to lash out as if hurt or mad.
Taking ActionOnce the situation is apparent then a safe course of action can follow.
If the animal is upset due to something frightening or the animal is being asked to perform and refuses by turning mean or upset, STOP what is being done or remove what is frightening at once.
Prepare for a Storm by Making each person and pet a"Family Disaster Dog" Go Bag- 72 hour Bug Out Backpack
Place these items in a dog backpack after you have gotten your dog used to carrying the backpack by rubbing the pack over the dog and gently placing it on the dog without anything in it. Allow the dog to wear the backpack a little bit. to get use to it.
Slowly place the items in the bags. Go slowly so your dog doesn't get scared. Once they are comfortable with the packs then you can pack it and take them for a walk. Be sure to tighten the straps slowly, and not to tightly.
Most dogs feel proud to have a backpack, they really like them.
Dog or Pet 72 hour Ready Bag-Go-Bag and Bug-Out Bag
Here is a good choice to help you get started making your dog's a go-bag. .
(It is recommended by all emergency response agencies that each person and pet in a household, school and workplace have 1 set of the items listed and 1 bag plus have a travel bag in each vehicle. I know this sounds like many things and maybe overwhelming to some but when you evacuate and have to sit out the disaster for days or weeks, you will be happy to have have the extra supplies. Shelters often run out of food, especially in today's Covid19 situation.)
This is not the usually list of items needed in a bug out or go bag for pets. I've added extra items based on my SAR and Red Cross training plus personal experience. These items go into your dog's backpack with copies of dog Id, health record and your contact information, next of kin or emergency contact.
You keep copies of paperwork in your own backpack too.
Waterproof everything by placing each item in its own sealed baggie even if the dog backpack is waterproof.
Items to place in Dog or Cat Bug-Out Go-Bag are:
A current color photograph of you and your pet together (in case you are separated)
Food, water – 3-day supply for each pet and yourself
(you can hang water bottles from your dog's pack or harness)
Bowls - non-spill w/lid if possible
Collar and leash -for dogs and cats
Muzzle (the muzzle I choose at this link is the type I know will work for a dog biting its handler/owner/groomer/vet due to fear or injury. The other types of muzzles that allow a dog to drink water and open its mouth are not the safest to use when a dog is upset and trying to bite everything they can reach, cats too!)
Instead of Poop Scoop Baggies just pack some regular sandwich bags so you can use them for other purposes too.
Treats and Toy, at least 3 days worth of light weight high quality dog food.
1 small lightweight blanket, towel, or newspaper for warmth
ID tag should always be on pet's harness or collar
Extra name tag should be on the backpack, be sure to put a nameplate on your bag too, on attached so it will not come off. With your cell phone number.
In case you can drive away in order to evacuate or bug out. Pet carrier ( link to my favorite type for safety) or crate for each pet labeled with pet and owner’s information (keep near your bag).
Allergy medicine or other special medicines with instructions
Pack the items below as a Pet First Aid Kit in its own small waterproof container or baggie that will fit in the dog's backpack.
Scissors-other pocket knife
Band-aids don't stick to dog fur but a few for your friends can come in handy.
Several Gauze pads and medical cotton squares
Instant cold pack (to big to carry-cold mud works in a pinch)
Medical and Adhesive tape
1 small bar Soap
1 small tube Antiseptic cream
1 small bottle Eye drops
10-20 Cotton balls
Powder Gatorade or electrolytes
Large Tea Bags (stops bleeding)
Vet Wrap (like an ace bandage for animals and sticks to itself,very handy)
Glow lite Sticks (hang one on your dog and self at night to be seen)
Wrap some pieces of duck tape around one of the bottles for later use
Make sure to waterproof every item.
I keep Concentrated Pet Food Paste on hand at all times and pack it in our go-bags. This is in a tube and looks like thick dark brown honey. Dogs and cats love it.
If you have room in your dog's pack we at Family Disaster Dogs recommend adding these items to your dog’s Go-Bag or Bug Out pack.
A compass and a map of your area
A small flashlight with extra batteries or another light source
Water Purification Tablets
12 Hour Emergency Bright Sticks
16 Hour Hand Warmer
Mylar Emergency Blanket
Extra Collar & Leash Set
Reflective Dog Vest
Rain Coat and Boots will give your dog some protection in a nuclear fall out as will a full
Body rain suit for your self. in your dog's backpack.
Tie-Out leash or chain 10-15 ft long
Here's a good choice of bags for traveling with pets.
|Pet Travel Bag