Keep Your Dog Safe In A Flood
Flooding is a big deal all around the world, especially in my neck of the woods ( Iv’e experienced many floods here in West Virginia. In 2003 there was a flood on Wheeling Island, my parents and I decided that we were going to stay. At that time we had four dogs a Schnauzer, 2 Pomeranians, and a pug mix. All little dogs. My dad had to literally pick up each dog and take them outside to pee. Which was a sight to see this big man carrying these dogs outside to find a piece of grass. Floods are quite unpredictable, you don’t get a warning that a flood is coming like a hurricane. So how can you keep your dog safe In a flood?
- First thing that you need to do to keep your dog safe in a flood is keep your I.D tags on them during a flood to make sure they are safe, make sure your dogs I.D tags include updated information including family members, cell phone number, and address.
- Make sure if your dog has a microchip that it’s kept updated. For example, if you move your local facebook page on lost pets. Make sure that you make sure it’s updated.
- Make sure you have a pet first-aid kit.
- I use an app called “Pets First Aid” that will help if there’s ever an emergency.
- Always take your dog with you wherever you go, there are hotels that are pet friendly.
- Keep your dog away from flood water, it contains sewage and chemicals harmful to your dog.
- You can create an area in your house where your dog can go to the bathroom on puppy pads, but if you decide to take your dog out, make sure it’s on a leash.
If you and your dog get separated during a flood ( Some steps to follow)
- Ask your neighbors if they have seen your dog,
- Look on facebook, your local Lost Pet page can be a big help. Make sure you add a picture if you have one, a descripton of your dog, location where you last seen them, and your contact information. Make sure post is set to public so people can see it, and it can be shared. So you can get word out.
- Contact animal control and local animal shelters
Don’t give up, keep looking, checking facebook, animal control, and shelters.
Remember try to keep calm in a flood, your dog will be scared, everything looks and smells different. Your dog will be able to sense your anxiety and freak out just like you. So try to be calm and keep your dog around you, and safe.