Pet Health Tips
Preparing Your Pet for Emergencies
By Maria Schubert
June 15, 2022
You’ve finally done it. You finally finished making an emergency plan for your family! As you sit on the couch snuggling with the family pet, you begin to realize you haven’t prepared anything for your pet. Where do you even start? What should you include in their plan? In an emergency, will you remember to grab all the tiny things your pet may need? Just like emergency planning for your family, it’s also important to have an emergency plan in place for your pet.
In Case of An Emergency
The first thing you should do when preparing your emergency kit is learning your region’s native disasters. These disasters will be weather events like winter storms, tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, etc. Knowing your region’s native disasters will help you prepare your pet’s emergency kit.
When you begin making your pet’s disaster kit, we recommend you use the Pet Disaster Kit checklist created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This checklist is not only extensive, but it will also help you make sure your pet is fully prepared in case of an emergency.
Make Reuniting Easier with a Microchip
When preparing for an emergency, consider getting your pet microchipped. On the off chance that you become separated from your pet, a microchip could help an animal rescue team reunite you with your companion. The most important part about getting your pet microchipped is to make sure the information associated with your pet’s microchip is up to date.
After you’ve prepared your pet disaster kit, the next step is planning your evacuation plan. Where do you go if you must evacuate? What resources are available for you and your pet? Unfortunately, most American Red Cross shelters cannot accept pets because of health and safety concerns. However, service animals that assist people with disabilities are allowed in Red Cross shelters.
If you’re unable to stay at a Red Cross shelter, we recommend finding hotels that would allow you to have your pet or would be willing to waive their no pet policy due to an emergency. If a hotel doesn’t work for your pets, know which friends, relatives, boarding facilities, animal shelters or veterinarians can care for your animals in an emergency.
You’ve Got a Friend in Me
We all remember the buddy system, right? Well, the same concept applies when you create your pet disaster kit. It’s important to have a buddy in case something happens and you’re unable to get to your pet. This person can be anyone you trust, be it a neighbor, a friend or even your pet-sitter. Show this person where you keep your pet disaster kit and get them familiarized with your pet. Include numbers for the shelters, veterinarians or the designated safe space you would evacuate to. This will help your buddy get in contact with you and help reunite you with your pet.
What emergency tips do you have? Let us know in the comments below.