Disaster Preparedness for Pets

Disaster Preparedness for Pets

iStock_000030580774_SmallWhile we all hope a disaster never strikes, it’s still important that we prepare for the unexpected. As many of us know, having an emergency plan in place is the first step when it comes to keeping our family safe in an emergency or natural disaster – but does your plan include consideration for your pets? After all, your pets are family too; and the same planning you make for your human family should be extended to your furry-family as well.

A little common sense when you’re feeling calm and collected can go a long way when it comes to disaster preparedness for pets. However, it’s unlikely that you will think of everything without a little help from your trusted friends at Schertz Animal Hospital…

With that in mind, as you make contingency plans for your beloved pets, be sure to consider the following:

  • In addition to a week’s worth of food and water for each pet you own, you’ll want to have your pet’s food bowls and all medications (as well as copies of the prescriptions) your pets may need for an extended stay away from home.
  • Be sure to pack bedding and comfort items for your pets, especially ones that smell like you. Have these items both in your pets’ crates, and in your car or at your final destination
  • Be sure that your pet is microchipped and that the chip is activated and updated with the best contact info for you, including your cell number and a back-up emergency point of contact
  • Be certain that your pet is wearing a collar with current ID tags and vaccination tags (and don’t forget a leash)
  • Have copies of all of your pet’s medical records and vaccination history with you and taped to the side of his or her crate
  • Make sure your pet’s name, your name, and your contact info are clearly marked on your pet’s crate, as well as a picture of your pet (in a ziplock bag, taped to the outside of the crate)
  • Be aware of your pet’s hiding spots; you will want to know where to find your pet when a disaster strikes
  • Limit the amount of exposure your pet has to unsafe or difficult to reach spots if you know that a disaster is coming
  • Have a pet first-aid kit prepped and ready to go – don’t leave home without it!
  • Consider holding evacuation drills so that you and your family are ready to roll in case of an emergency
  • In addition to these tips, the ASPCA offers a comprehensive list of steps that pet owners can take to ensure pets remain safe during a disaster. We encourage you to explore the ideas they suggest and make a plan that works best for you, your family, and your pets.

    A disaster can be a traumatic experience for your family, and this is especially for your pets. Never leave your pet behind. Include measures for the safe evacuation of your pet in any disaster action plan and pack supplies that will keep your pet healthy during your time away from your home.

    Please let us know if there is any way we can assist you in planning for your pet’s safety. If you need copies of your pet’s medical records, vaccination history, copies of current prescriptions, or to schedule an appointment of any kind, please give us a call. We’re happy to help.

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