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Flood is, unfortunately, a common occurrence in most parts of the
world. It can come swiftly and without warning, the most typical
example being flash floods. The waters not only cause structural
damage but can also threaten the life of your puppy. It is
essential that you are aware of what to do during the time of
The first action to do when you hear of a coming flood is to
bring the dog inside and climb to the top floor of your
residence. Bring all dog training equipment or toys which may get
swept away or get damaged by the flood. Do not forget to put all
the important documents related to your dogs, like vaccination
records, the dog's microchip number, and the contact information
of your vet in a sealed, waterproof pouch or bag. If the
authorities ask you to evacuate, do so and take your dog.
Emergency services are instructed to accept pets at the time of
rescue. There is thus no compulsion to leave the dog behind.
Decide your destination
Ensure that your dog has the physical capability to walk or run
or even swim to a safer place. It must be able to climb upstairs
and travel in a car if you want to evacuate speedily. In case you
have a senior dog and live in a flood-prone area, do consider
purchasing dog stairs or buying a ramp. It is also essential to
know the flood risk. Check with your local government office on
the flood risks of your home area. You should even understand the
different kind of flood alerts issued by the government. If you
know, it is possible to take appropriate response. Keep an
emergency bag near you at all times. This bag should contain a
few essentials for both of you when you two are far from home.
The kit should contain bowls, dog identification, including
registration numbers, and extra leashes. Do carry a photo of the
dog and ownership proof. Include a comprehensive list of the
canine's vaccinations, prescriptions, and medications.
Finalize the location where you and your dog can go in case of a
sudden evacuation. This could range from a friend's home to a
pet-friendly hotel or motel located outside the flood area
boundaries. It makes excellent sense to have multiple options.
This is important if a few roads get blocked and you are
compelled to change direction. Veterans of flood catastrophe
stress the importance of neighborhood buddy systems. If a flash
flood hits when you are not at home, make arrangements with your
neighbor to evacuate the dog. Do not forget to show the neighbor
the location of your dog's emergency bag. Do keep your neighbor's
phone number with you at all times.
Help Pets Affected by Colorado Flooding
Disastrous flooding in Colorado along a 150-mile stretch of
the state's Front Range, both north and south of Denver, has
caused 3 human deaths and thousands of evacuations.As always,
pets are just affected by disasters as their people. Here's how
you can help.
Humane Society of Boulder is accepting small animals
Head to the Humane Society at
2323 55th Street
, or contact 303-441-3333 even after they close for emergency
to offset their costs.
Longmont Humane Society is accepting small animals
As Longmont areas are flooded, only attempt to get to the shelter
if you have safe access. They're at
9595 Nelson Road
, and suggest that "for animal evacuation assistance or for more
information please call Longmont Animal Control at 303-651-8500."
Help out: Donate
to help care for the animals in needs.
Douglas County Fairgrounds at Castle Rock is accepting large
Residents with large animals should take them to
500 Fairgrounds Road
Need more info?
Follow flood news by location with
The Denver Post
.Have info to share? Send it to ksherbo (at) petcarerx (dot) com.
Need to evacuate?
Double check against our
pet disaster preparedness list
and read fema's recommendations for what to do if you simply must
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