With all of the crazy weather disasters in the past few months, ranging from earthquakes to tornadoes to Hurricane Irene, safety is a big concern for pet owners everywhere. We’ve all heard time and time again that we need to have a plan for emergencies, but what does that mean for you and your Pembroke Corgi?
Have some sort of disaster kit ready – ahead of time
First of all, have a first aid kit in a location that you will remember and that is easy to get to (those “safe places” that are so safe that not even you can find anything are not very helpful in an emergency situation). Your car is an excellent place to have one, though it is a good idea to have one in your house as well. Keep your first aid kit fully stocked, and be sure to refill anything that you have to use. Some good things to have in your kit are bandages, triple antibiotic ointment, aspirin, eye drops, hydrocortizone cream and scissors. These can all be used for both people and dogs. A muzzle is another must-have, as even the sweetest dog can turn aggressive when she is in pain. If your Corgi is on any medications, keep them all in one location so that you can quickly grab them and add them to your kit if you need to evacuate.
Also have a bag or kit with everyday things that your dog will need, such as a leash, collar, poop bags, some food and/or treats and, most importantly, water and a water bowl. Your dog can go without food for many days if need be, but safe water is an absolute must-have. There are many different collapsible water bowls on the market that are lightweight and easy to carry. On collars, make sure that the collar fits your Corgi snuggly so that she won’t be able to back out of it if she is scared. If your Pem is a master escape artist, having a harness on hand is a good alternative.
Depending on how quickly you need to evacuate and where you are headed, try to bring a crate. When you reach your destination, the crate will provide your dog with a safe, secure place to stay if you need to help others or seek help. Ideally you should always have a crate in your car anyways, as that is the safest way for your Pembroke to travel, but if you do not ordinarily have space in your car for a crate, have a collapsible crate in your house that is ready to go if you need it.
Know where you’re going
Listen to the radio or watch TV and keep up to date on the progression of storms and such. With disasters suchas hurricanes, snowstorms and often flooding, you will know ahead of time if there is a possibility of needing to evacuate. This provides you with time to plan where you and your Corgi can go, such as a friend or relative’s house, or a disaster shelter designated by authorities. Make sure ahead of time that wherever you are going will accept dogs! Every time there is a major disaster we hear dozens of stories about people who had to make the choice between their safety and that of their pets. No one wants to have to make that choice, and in many cases you can avoid getting to that point with planning.
Some disasters can’t be foreseen, but you can still have an idea of where you and your Pembroke will go if something does happen.
Panic won’t get you anywhere. Remember that your dog will probably be scared too, or if nothing else confused. Emergencies ask a lot from everyone involved, and so you will need to be strong to help keep your dog calm as well.