Pugs are important part of our families; therefore need to be included in case of an emergency or disaster. Are you prepared and does your preparation include stuff for your pug? First thing one need to remember is not all hotels, shelters or emergency shelters will accept your pug. Also, boarding facilities, kennels or an animal shelter may not accept your pug unless pre-arranged. One needs to plan ahead in the event of a disaster. Living in Florida, our biggest threat is a hurricane. Hurricane season starts June 1 – November 30th. So one should have a plan in effect now.
1. Would you have to evacuate? If yes, do you have a place to go where you already know your Pug will be accepted? Whether it is a family, friends, hotel, or shelter please verify your Pug will be able to go with you. Whatever happens, do not live them at home by themselves. You can call your local animal shelter for assistance in locating shelter who accepts pets or other options for your Pug. DO NOT WAIT until a storm is here some places need arrangements to be made.
2. Food and water supply. If you are able to remain at home please make sure there is enough food and fresh water for your Pug. Some areas may be on a water ban or boil water until months after a storm has hit. Like humans your Pug needs plenty of fresh water.
3. Medicines. Make sure when a pending storm is coming to stock up on your Pug medicines, especially those that are diabetic and such. Many pharmacies may not open after a storm for weeks and you don’t want to take chances with your Pug.
4. Records. Make sure you have a copy of your Pug vaccinations, their rabies tag; hopefully they are micro chipped and you have a record of their number, the veterinarian and your information for the shelters or if you and your Pug are separated somehow. A current photo is also good to have. Information in regards to their behavior and any medical conditions.
5. Extras. Keep a bin with an extra blanket or towel, an extra toy, and anything else to help your Pug get through this storm just as you would take for you and your children. An extra leash, harness, and things to keep them warm. A carrier to help them feel more secure and one that they can lie day and stand up comfortably. Grooming items, trash bags, and cleaning agents (in case of accidents).
6. First Aid Kit. Prepare a first aid kit with your Pug in mind such as bandages, eye drops, ointment, scissors, tweezers, and etc.
Living in the Midwest, you have tornadoes to be concerned with and unfortunately they do not give much notice at all. It is best to be prepared as much as possible. Always have a plan in effect. Have a safe windowless room closet to the ground (if not underground) as possible. Practice the emergency drills quite often, include your pugs so they get use to what needs to be done. If your pugs hide, know their hiding spaces, and make sure they are counted for. Make sure you have preparations such as food, water, medications, photo, leash, harness, bowls, toys, pet emergency kit, and shot records. It would be best to have your pug microchipped. Make sure to keep your pug on a leash after all has calm down; you do not know what has happen and what dangers can be right outside. If possible place them in a crate while you examine the area. Do not allow your pug to drink any water and keep them away from debris.
Whether tornadoes, hurricanes, or a heavy rain storm – floods are a danger and sometimes can come rapidly in. Keep your pugs near, make sure you know where they are, if you hear water raging grab them and get to safety. Water will rise, so go as high as possible and stay there; you don’t want yourself or your pug to be washed away. Do not allow you or your pugs down until you can see the ground you never know what can be in the waters.
One cannot predict a natural disaster or the devastation it will do but one can plan for it. Make sure when you are planning it you are covering for the whole family – yourself, significant other, children and pugs. Run drills, do not be embarrassed, and make sure to include your pugs. They are smart enough that they will pick up that if something was to happen they should be already there with you. It is best to be prepared than not to be prepared. Be safe and be pro-active.