Disaster Preparation

Your pet relies on you for everything from exercise to treats. She counts on you to lead the way — especially in chaotic situations. In a disaster, you may have to leave your home in a hurry, so it’s beneficial to have a pet “go” bag by the door with essentials. Here’s what you can do to equip yourself and your pet for an emergency.

Steps to prep:

  1. Ensure your pet has a registered microchip and is wearing a visible tag with current information.
  2. Designate a trusted caregiver who can take your dog or cat in an emergency if you can’t get home to your pet.
  3. Research pet-friendly, overnight options so you know where you can go together safely if you have to evacuate.
  4. One of the most important ways to prepare for an emergency is to have an emergency “go” bag.

What to put in your “go” bag:

  • A sturdy leash, collar, and harness — in a chaotic situation, your pet may want to run.
  • Enough food for at least 2 weeks, including favorite treats, as well as drinking water, and collapsible bowls.
  • Any necessary medications (2 weeks’ worth) along with copies of medical records, photos of your pet, microchip information, and a rabies certificate; keep these stored in a waterproof baggie.
  • Info on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behaviors, and the name and number of your vet.

If you do have to evacuate in a disaster, it is in your pet’s best interest to stay with you! For more on what to do in an evacuation situation, visit this blog from our veterinary behaviorists.

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