Preparing with Pets | Pet Preparedness Month | Prepping for Non-Preppers #BetterPrepared

it’s pet preparedness month so in today’s
video we have a very special guest stay tuned hey everybody welcome the Cascadia
dispatch I’m Casey and with me today is a very special guest dr. millie von kittypants Esquire Millie is our family’s cat and she is definitely part of our
preparedness plan so as we talk about pet preparedness she wanted to join us
I’m gonna let her go because she has many many things on her schedule today
but I appreciate that she was able to join us for a few minutes as we begin to
talk about what humi do in an emergency to make sure that your pets are safe and
taken care of so as we think about what you would need to prepare in an
emergency for your pets there are a couple of areas that we would want to
think about one is shelter containment identification one is going to be food
and water and then one’s gonna be sanitation those are kind of the big
areas and we’re gonna go through some things to talk about kind of what you
would want in each of those areas for your pet but also remember that this is
going to be a little specific to your pet for us we have a cat so our plan is
kind of run to cap up but you know whatever you’ve got is what you’re gonna
have to prepare for so leave a note in the comments down below and let us know
kind of what you’re preparing for what animals you have what you’re thinking
about and then we’ll have some great ideas from other people we can comment
below as well so let’s dive in and we’ll go through the individual sections one
of the if not the biggest concern that we have for specifically for our cat
familiy and you may have for your animal as well is Ana disaster animals may run
off they may be scared they’re going to be in different surroundings so they’re
going to be nervous and they may not behave the way that they normally would
and they may be very skittish they may dart off places and once you have found
your your animal or you have secured your animal you
don’t want to then have to go chase them into rubble or anything like that that’s
not a great it’s not a great plan so one of the ways to keep our animals safe and
to make sure that then we don’t worry about that is we have a couple of
different shelter we’re gonna call them containment options containment seems a
little harsh so we’re gonna go with shelters but the idea is to keep really
safe and then also to make sure that we know where she is so if we need to leave
if we need to go somewhere we know where she is so the first option that we have
is kind of soft animal carrier this is what she’s used to this is when we take
her on trips she doesn’t get out much but once a year we usually take her on
the trip or if we’re going to the vet this is is the carrier that that she’s
used to it’s great because it’s it’s a little more comfortable but it’s a
little small for her it’s not designed for a long trip it’s designed for you
know being in the car for maybe a half an hour or so I’m sure she could she
could survive in it for a longer period of time if it needed to but it’s not an
ideal for a long term for her however one of the things that is really kind of
important in here is there’s a little liner in the bottom and you’ll see all
of her shed and hair in there so that’s got her scent on it she knows
that that’s safe so wherever we have her we would take that pad if we could and
and use that in whichever carrier or a situation we would have and I would
encourage you to try to find some blanket or bedding or something that
your animal scent is on so that they know that wherever you are is going to
be the safe home base for them at that time because the locations will change
but that scent will be reassuring to them the other kind of reason we
probably use this in a long-term scenario is because it’s softer you
can’t it’s soft on top of soft on the sides so if we needed to put this in the
car and pack it with others stuff usually we just have this in the
backseat and she sits in between the kids car seats and she can see the kids
and she find there’s nothing on top of it and everything’s great
in an emergency where space is going to be at a premium we may want to put some
things on top of this or around this and having the soft sides is gonna make it
uncomfortable it’s not going to be sturdy for her it’s not too sturdy for
this so that makes it not ideal for a longer-term venture but in the short
term it’s okay so in a longer terms situation what we would be looking at is
something more like this so this is a collapsible sturdy plastic carrier it’s
got lots of space it’s significantly longer I’m hoping you can see this on
the camera it’s significantly longer it’s wider than the softer case is
taller so there’s more room so it gives us the option of being able to put more
stuff in there with her we could you know sit this wherever we’re sheltering
and put her food and water actually inside of the container and then she
could actually kind of be in there that could be your little house for a while
in kind of our long-term okay we need to be somewhere for two or three months so
we’re biking out in in out of our house or something like that
we would probably use one of the tents that we have and use that as kind of a
containment shelter for her long-term so she can actually kind of get out and
move around a little bit we don’t want her just free-ranging because there’s a
lot of reasons that could be other animals that are displaced that don’t
want to deal with that she’s an indoor cat so being outdoors is
not necessarily something that she’s used to doing so we want to try to keep
her as contained and comfortable as possible but also making sure that if we
needed to we can we can move pretty quickly
as for free-ranging for our camp we have this wonderful stylish harness that we
can use for her so if we did for example we need to get her out of the carrier if
we needed to keep track of her for some reason because we were going somewhere
and we didn’t want her to run away you know we could put this on her if you
have a dog that has a leash for walks you know you’ve kind of already got that
set up for us our cat doesn’t necessarily go for walks we tried that
when she was little she wasn’t a huge fan so we have this just in case a
really important thing to also keep in mind and think about how you want to do
this is identification so your pet may get lost there are lots of stories
during major disasters hurricanes earthquakes tornadoes where animals
you’re maybe you’re not at home and something happens and your house gets
damaged and so your animal runs away because it’s scared or something I being
able to identify your animal is going to be really key because someone else may
find that animal and then report it and there’s usually a period of time where
people are trying to reunite pets and owners or pets and people so being able
to identify and be mindful of that is incredibly important there are a few
ways to do that one is you definitely want to take a picture of yourself and
your animal have some pictures of your animal but also have some pictures of
yourself with your animal so if someone wants to verify if they find your animal
and they want to verify that to you have a way to show hey this is me and my dog
or this is me and my bird or this is me and my cat
microchipping for bigger animals cats dogs most vets will do it I’m not going
to get into the ethics of chipping an animal or anything like that we have a
chip in Milly because she can’t talk and so if she gets lost and goes if someone
finds her at the Humane Society or something or that that’s the best way
that she can tell them who she belongs to
I mean who get her especially if you have a color
that color can fall off the microchip is not going to fall off it’s just going to
be there the key thing to remember the microchip is the microchip is only as
good as the data that is in the database attached to the microchip so if you have
chipped your animal you want to make sure that your contact information and
whatever database is associated with that is up to date have you change your
phone number since you did it have you changed your address have you moved make
sure that all of that information is up-to-date and current so if there is a
situation where someone finds your animal and has to use the information of
the microchip it actually won’t get to you make sure that you have multiple
contact opportunities in the information associate with the microchip don’t just
have one phone number because if it’s your home phone number and you can’t be
at your home where there’s no phone service there’s no one to call so make
sure you have a home phone a cell phone maybe an email address mailing address
if there’s the ability to put other contacts on that in that database do
that so if they can’t get ahold of you they can get ahold of a family member or
a friend who maybe is out-of-state and is your out-of-state contact and can
coordinate reuniting you with your animal also collars name tags those
sorts of things are really important yes they can fall off but having one is
better than not for a few reasons one reason is if you have a color of any
kind on your animal people will see that animal will recognize that that is
someone’s pet it’s not a feral animal because feral animals can’t go to Pet
Smart or Petco and get a get a color or a leash so if your if your animal has a
collar on its gonna let somebody know that that is a lost animal and that they
should try to at least you know take care of it or find some information
about it you can put information and contact
information on that tag and you know it’s a great backup I think the
microchip for us is the primary because our tent doesn’t go outside and for her
to have a big name tag collar on we would be a little cumbersome for her
we’ve looked into some smaller callers there are some things that you can get
there if anyone has a great small caller name tag company please let us know
leave that in the comments that would be really great for us to know but having
that is gonna be better than not having it and you know what it may fall off but
then if they have a microchip you’re still okay so make sure that you have as
many ways of identifying your animal as possible because you may need to use
that and if not you know you don’t want to you don’t want to have that tragedy
on top of everything else that’s going on obviously in an emergency you are
planning to have food and water for your family you’re planning on having food
water for your neighbors you need to make sure that you have food and water
for your animals some people will feed their animals
human food and that’s great other animals need special diets we have
friends who have animals that have allergies we have friends that have
their animals have medical conditions of mania special medication so just as you
would plan for all those eventualities with your child or a family member you
want to have the same plans for your animals so in our case what we have is
food wise we keep an extra bag of dry food that really likes to eat on hand we
do this so we usually have a backup two or three bags and then we rotate them
through so they don’t get stale and and gross to the point where she wouldn’t
eat them and I know in an emergency you know should probably eat anything but
you know we like to try to make it nice for her just like we would try to make
it nice for any member of our family so we try to rotate that through and we try
to have at least one or two bags of extra food that can last for anywhere
from two weeks to three months depending on how many bags we have we also have
some pouches of food this is a wet food but because it’s contained and a pouch
these are really easy if we needed to leave it for any reason to grab six or
eight or ten of these throw them in a backpack
split up in a couple of backpacks throw it in our carrier and make sure that we
have food it packs down really small obviously we’ve got these you can get
them at the grocery store we got them on Amazon by the case or box and then they
just kind of cycle through so we also give these to her as treats just
regularly as a way of cycling through so that you know these don’t get bad as
well but we don’t use these as much as the dried fruit water is going to be
really important to your animals just like it is to your family or any of the
other humans that you have around you and you don’t want to if you calculated
a water needs for your family or the people that you are supporting in
a preparedness event or a disaster event you don’t want to then have to use that
water necessarily for your animals and you’re not gonna want your animals to be
thirsty so you definitely want to make sure that you have extra water we have
some water bottles obviously as we’ve talked about in other videos so some of
the water bottles that we have we’ve kind of planned for as Milly water you
might want to do the same depending on the size of your animal your water needs
and your food needs are gonna be different our 12 pound cat is only going
to need so much food your 100 pound dog is probably gonna need a different set
up and so you’re gonna need to prepare and plan for that what we also do is we
have these silicone little cups and these are really really nice there’s a
bunch of different brands that have these we’ll put some links to where you
can get these in the description but these are great because you can have
these set them on the ground pour some water in it put some food in it we
actually have two of them one for food one for water and it’s really easy then
to have your pet have a set up of food and water that’s clean you can wash them
out their silicones so you can wash them really easily and then they collapse
back down to this little kind of hockey puck shape they also like to fight you
apparently as you’re collapsing them but yeah so they collapse down like this
there’s a little lid put it on and now this can really easily go in a carrier
or it could go in your backpack and you’re ready to go just like you would
with all of your other your kind of food items and pots and pans or whatever it
is that you’re carrying with you to make food for the humans these would fit
along really nicely as well so that’s kind of the food and water setup that we
would use for for our animal and then you would have gapped it size wise
volume wise and number wise if you have three dogs you’re gonna need more stuff
if you have two lizards you’re gonna need more stuff so that’s that’s kind of
how we would run with with the food and water setup sanitation in an emergency
is going to be a really really big thing no one wants to get sick by having
bacteria and just grossest in their food water on them touching them any of that
sort of stuff we don’t need diseases spread we don’t need people getting sick
you’re gonna have enough problems in a disaster without that sort of a
situation happening to so one of the things that we have is we keep a roll of
poop bags in all of our bags we keep them with Millie’s stuff in an emergency
we may not be in a situation where we have a litter box or cat litter or
something like that so she may kind of take care of that and you know bury it
wherever she’s gonna go we probably try and contain that as far
as only you know so far away and being mindful of water sources and proximity
to people nobody wants their animal you know doing their business right next to
the creek that then everyone is going to be getting their water from downstream
so ideally we would try and kind of find a place away we would use the poop bags
we probably put it in some sort of a burn pile or something that we would be
using for other kind of sanitation needs as humans and get rid of it that way
for other animals dogs and things like that you’re gonna use the same
idea you don’t want you know dogs doing their business in the middle of you may
have a very small space outside or you may actually be sheltered indoors and
you know if a dog or any animal takes care of things in the middle of you know
a room of people you’re going to need to be able to take care of that so we have
these we also have kind of the the antibacterial wipes that you would have
like a Clorox wipe or a Lysol wipe or something we keep those in our bags as
well so we would use those to come clean up the area if it was for example inside
and you’re talking about four or something like that if you’re outside
you’re not really going to probably deal with that but you are going to be able
want to be able to wash your hands with some sort of an antibacterial or just
some sort of a soap to make sure that you get all of the yuck off of your
hands when you’re done so you don’t get it pass it to anybody else okay guys
thanks again for joining us on Cascadia dispatch today talking about
preparedness this preparedness month or it’s almost the end of pepper
preparedness month but I wanted to get this out before the end of pet
preparedness month say that 13 times fast I don’t know how that works anyway
thanks again for watching please feel free to like subscribe share let us know
what type of furry scaly feathered creatures you’re preparing for what pet
tricks and you have if you have any that we didn’t go over it’s always great to
share it with everybody who’s watching so that they can learn more we can learn
more and then we can put in more videos and we can talk about it and other
people who talk about it it’s good for everybody so anyway thanks again for
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