We are all aware. We all want to be prepared, but are we? There are two types of emergencies that can affect us and our beloved bloodhounds and other pets. 1: You are there and 2: you are not. In case #1 it might be the need to be evacuated due to an emergency in your community or confined to your home. Do you have the supplies at home to survive for a number of days? Are they easily packable if you need to temporarily relocate?
The second type of emergency has you and perhaps your family out of the picture. This could be a sudden unexpected illness or accident. Who would know of your pets at home? Who would take care of them? Would they know how to do so? Most of us have ICE in our cell phones – emergency contact #. ICE Dogs may be important. Perhaps your spouse is your ICE but what if you were in an accident together? ICE DOGS would be individuals who have access to your home, know your pets and where you keep their information, food etc.
With your driver’s license have emergency contact information including for pets at home. If the pets travel with you have a card on their crate or in the vehicle. Name, breed, gender, birthdate, known medical conditions, allergies etc. and most importantly the name of your veterinarian. Consider an identifying picture of each pet as well. Identifiers such as tattoos, microchips and tags are also of importance.
And finally a subject none of us like to think about. If I am no longer here to care for – where would my beloved bloodhound or other pet go? Whether in our wills or pre-arranged through our breeder or other source we, no matter how old or young we are, should have those arrangements in place.
The Colonial Bloodhound Club’s Board of Directors has put together two documents to help you be prepared – to have the necessary information handy in case of emergency. These documents are available to you on the CBC Website. Our hope is that you are prepared but never experience a concerning emergency. Wishing all of you all things good!