Disaster Planning For Pet Owners

Pet owners need to be prepared for any kind of a disaster. Whether it’s a house fire, tornado, hurricane or mudslide, there are several steps you can take now to be ready in case the worst happens.

The first thing every pet owner should do immediately is have your pet microchipped! In case your pet gets lost during an emergency situation, you are more likely to be reunited with them. If they are already microchipped, please make sure your contact information is up to date.

Next, copy all of your pet’s records and place them in a Ziploc bag, along with current pictures in case they get lost. Update the records/medications list each time they see their veterinarian. It’s also a good idea to have an extra collar and leash for each pet in a waterproof storage container as well. If you have any extra bowls on hand, it would be good to put them aside in the container with a manual can opener.

Keeping your pet’s medications (including heartworm, flea, & tick) all together in one location at home will make it easier to grab them and go in an emergency. Consider leaving an adequate sized Ziploc bag with their meds or keeping them in a plastic storage container. Anything that you can pack together ahead of time that can be grabbed quickly will mean one less thing to worry about.

Make sure you have enough leashes for your dogs, and carriers for your cats before an emergency happens!

It’s important to know where you can take your pets in the event of an emergency. You can begin by making a list of animal hospitals with boarding facilities and pet friendly motels with their phone numbers, and keep this with their records. During large-scale emergencies, shelters set up for people will typically only allow service animals.

If you follow these guidelines now, you and your pets will be prepared in the event of an emergency.