All 50 states are subjected to flash floods that can bring walls of water from 10 to 20 feet high. Flooding can also kill, displace and leave many dogs homeless. Here are 10 ways to keep your dog safe during a flood.
1. I.D. Your Pet
Make sure your pet is microchipped with up to date contact information. Your dog should be wearing a collar with their tag ID on it.
2. Find A Safe Place
Know where your safe spots are should a flood occur. Locate hotels on higher ground that accept pets.
3. Have An Emergency Crate
Keep an emergency crate handy for evacuations. In emergency situations many dogs can not be taken into transports if they are not crated.
4. Have A Canine Emergency Contact
Have a canine emergency contact available in case something happens when you are not home. A neighbor or a friend nearby that you can call to help bring your dog to safety.
5. Do Not Tether Your Dogs
Do not tether your dogs outside or inside, as this can be dangerous if a dog is trying to escape flood waters.
6. Have A Disaster Kit
Stock up on non-perishables food items for your dog and containers of water that should last you at least five days. Pet bowls, can openers, medications in waterproofed containers, a first aid kit, waste bags, leashes, harnesses, carrier crates, blankets, bowels, pet beds, toys and written information about your pets and their medical needs.
7. Avoid Drinking Flood Water
After floods, clean water can be hard to find. Flood water often contains sewage and chemicals that can kill or make your dog sick.
8. Dangers of Higher Ground
Keep your dogs leashed around higher ground after floods. Insects, snakes and other creatures could have taken refuge there as well.
9. Cars Aren’t Safe
Never leave your dog in a car during or after a flood. Temperature inside the car can be brutal and cars can easily get swept up in waters or flooded out.
10. Look Out For Other Lost Dogs
Many dogs that become displaced during floods need your help. If you have the space, take the dog out of danger, check their tags and go to your vet clinic to see if the dog has a microchip. Contact animal control for further steps.