June is National Disaster Preparedness Month. How prepared are you should an emergency occur? Do you have everything you need ready to go at a moment’s notice, just in case? What about an emergency disaster kit for your pets? The contents of your ferret disaster kits can help minimize your stress levels and give you a sense of security and peace of mind.
Here are some invaluable items to keep on hand should you or your ferret find yourself the victim of an emergency:
Obviously, ferrets need an abundant supply of food
and water. One to two week’s supply of your ferret’s diet and water works best. Make sure to watch the expiration dates. In order to protect the food from moisture and other environmental factors, the ferret food should be kept in a waterproof package. Also, there are great collapsible and travel bowls available for convenience purposes, and perfect to store in the protective package!
Check the condition of your ferret carrier. Make sure they are in good condition and no visible issues such as sharp edges. It is recommended that important information is clearly marked on the carrier. This typically includes your name, address, phone number, name of the ferret and if applicable, microchip ID number.
Keep a current photograph of your ferret on your carrier and in the disaster kit with everything else. This way if your ferret gets lost or runs away, you can distribute the picture in hopes someone has seen your little pet. List your ferret's age, sex, color, and distinguishing physical characteristics.
Include your ferret’s medical records and veterinarian information in the package. Keep a copy of any important veterinary documents, such as vaccination records, medical history, medical conditions, and medications, in the emergency kit. If your ferret takes medications, include directions in the kit, and make sure to replace according to the expiration dates. Emergency contact information is also essential should anything happen during a disaster.
If a disaster leaves you in a confined area for an extended period of time, make sure you have cleaning supplies available along with litter boxes and deodorizers. Don’t forget to pack some litter and some plastic bags to hold the used litter, as well!
Depending on what type of disaster is occurring, make sure to include leashes, collars, and harnesses in your prepared kit, along with a travel carrier. Blankets and beds will be needed to keep your ferret feeling comfortable, too.
Pets are put in harm’s way during emergencies and disasters too. It is our job to make sure we are prepared to keep them comfortable and safe as much as possible. By following some of the above mentioned suggestions, you are now prepared for the unexpected in accordance with National Disaster Preparedness Month.