How to Keep Your Pet Safe During A Flood
The monsoon season is coming! Floods are regular natural disasters in Malaysia which happen nearly every year during the monsoon season. The geographical location of Malaysia makes it experience two monsoon seasons, the South-West Monsoon and North-East Monsoon. According to The Earth Observatory, typically, heavy rain events lasting on the order of a few days are common during the North-East Monsoon. If you live in a flood-prone area, you should be prepared for heavy rainfall and possible flooding.
Disaster plans aren’t just for human. Pets are part of the family, so we should have a pet disaster plan too. Floods can range from low levels of water that seep in gradually to great volumes of water that spread through homes rapidly and suddenly, resulting in instant damage. Thus, it’s important to make sure our pets are safe by adopting an emergency plan. Here are some safety tips on how to keep your pet safe during a flood.
1.Keep Your Home Safe As Possible
Firstly, close off or eliminate unsafe nooks and crannies where your frightened pets may try to hide. You should know where their hiding spots are, so you can grab them and take them to a safe place as soon as possible. It’s also necessary to remove all the dangerous items such as toxic products from the area where your pets stay at.
You can design a “safe room” for your pet and put the emergency supplies in that room in advance. Emergency supplies include your pet’s crate, medications, food and water supplies.
2. Check For Collars And ID
Make sure that your pets are wearing collars and identification tags. This is to increase your chances of being reunited with pets who get lost. All the information on the tags must be up to date and don’t forget to include your contact number.
Having your pets microchipped is important too. Make sure the microchip registration is in your name. Microchips allow veterinarians to scan lost pets to determine their identities and help them to reunite with their owners.
3. Don’t Let Your Pets Wander
Remember to keep your pets either on a leash or in a crate, according to petMD. This is to prevent them from running away in a panic.
However, you should evaluate the situation and take action accordingly. If the level of water keeps increasing, don’t crate or tie out your pets. They may need freedom to move away from rising waters.
4.Pet Emergency Kit
You should prepare a pet emergency kit before a flood occurs. Evacuate with your pets if you can. Having a pet emergency kit well stocked a ready to go. Your kit should contain enough pet food for 4 to 5 days, a toy or two (to keep your pets calm), an extra leash and collar, an extra set of tag for your pets and first aid supplies.