FORT WAYNE - With Disaster Prepardness month underway, Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control has important tips on how you can make sure your pets are included in your safety plans. We'll also cover how to keep your children safe around animals.
PET SAFETY PREPAREDNESS
Naviating a disaster is already a stressful situation. Take out some of the stress by preparing ahead of time, and that includes for your pets. When making your family's emergency kit toss in these items for your pets too:
- A copy of your pets' medical records.
Depending on where you stay, you may need to show proof of vaccinations. Many states also require any pets entering their state have medical records to show proof of vaccinations. These also serve as proof of ownership, which may be required to show in case you are separated from your pet.
-Your pets' updated microchip information
All too often we see pets come into the shelter who are microchipped but the information is not up-to-date and their owners cannot be contacted.
-Enough food for two weeks
Not having to worry about finding food for your pet in an emergency will be a big stress-saver.
- A crate
- Any medications they are taking
- Extra leash and collar
- Food and water bowl
- Extra toys and treats
KEEPING KIDS AND PETS SAFE
In addition to preparing for a natural disaster, FWACC wants to remind the public of ways to keep their pets and children safe every day. Nearly 77 percent of all dog bites come from a family dog or a dog the person is familiar with. Dog bites are prevenatble! It's important to understand dog body language so you can tell when a dog needs space and to teach your children the appropriate way to interact with dogs. Bites don't happen "out of the blue".
Check out the graphic below to understand the subtle signs a dog shows when they are getting uncomfortable. Intervening early is key to preventing a bite.
Watch for these signs as when your child is interacting with any dog. Here are some other tips to keep your children safe:
- Never let them sit or climb on a dog
- Never let them reach for a dog's toy or treat
- Never let them around a dog who is eating
- Never leave children unsupervised around a dog
- Never let them pull a dog's tails or ears
- Never let them hug or kiss a dog
- Teach them to never a grab a dogs face
- For older kids, teach them to understand basic dog body language
As adults it's our responsiblity to be an advocate for our dogs and our children. By understanding dog body language and teaching our children proper interactions with dogs we can prevent bites!