What About the Dog?

How to Prevent Water Damage in Your Property

Being prepared for a natural disaster is extremely important for protecting you and your family, but what can you do for your furry, tail wagging family member? The staff here at Dreyer’s DKI in Gainesville, Florida, would like to address the safety and well being of your pet in case there should be a disaster.


Make sure you have a list of possible shelters for your family dog. Most likely, the shelters for humans in the area are not equipped to take in animals. So, you’ll need to scope out vets, pet hotels, friends and relatives not in the disaster zone in the event of an evacuation, who may be able to take in your pet for a short period of time.

Emergency Kit

Along with your list of possible shelter locations, you’ll also need a prepared pet emergency kit containing a favorite toy, bed, medical information, food, leash and of course a carrier. Inside the carrier should be one of your unwashed shirts. Dogs find comfort being able to smell their owners when separated from them. It’s important that your animal is ready to go quickly and that the person taking care of him is provided with the needed items to do so.

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Things will not be as they were before. Once emergency crews tell you it is safe, walk your dog around the area and allow him to sniff until he can re-familiarized himself. If your pet is lost during a disaster, immediately contact all the local animal shelters and veterinary clinics to locate him as soon as possible. He may be very frightened or even injured.

For Fire and Water damage repair in Gainesville

When the time has come for you and your family, including the four legged ones, to return home after a disaster, it’s most likely you will find much to be cleaned up and repaired. You don’t have to go it alone and you can rely on the help of the professionals here at Dreyer’s DKI in Gainesville, Florida. Call our 24 hour emergency hotline at 352-403-0085.