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In California, natural disasters are, sadly, not uncommon. Last summer’ wildfire season gave many of us pause, but also another chance to think once again about being prepared should disaster strike. 

It’s likely that most of us have a disaster plan for ourselves and our families, but what about our pets? If pets are part of the family, there are some specific things to know and to plan for to make sure they are taken care of in the event of a disaster. 

Let the team at Huntington Veterinary Hospital make sure you have the knowledge and skills you need to make disaster preparation for pets a breeze.

Disaster Preparation for Pets

Even if a natural disaster never occurs, it’s important to be prepared, especially when pets are 

involved. Knowing that you have everything you need for your pets and a plan for taking care of them during a disaster will keep you calm – a must in any emergency situation!

If it’s not safe for your family in your home, it’s not safe for your pet. Never leave your pet behind if you have to evacuate. And never leave them outdoors in a weather emergency.

  • Put together an emergency pet supplies kit. This should include enough pet food for 2 weeks, fresh water for 2 weeks, and an extra leash, collar with ID tags, a current photo of your pet, vaccination records, and any extra medications that your pet needs. Place all in a bin that’s easy to carry with you. 
  • Add a pet first aid kit to your emergency supplies. 
  • Make sure your pet is microchipped and wears a collar with current ID tags.
  • Order a pet rescue window decal from the ASPCA so that first responders know there are pets that may be trapped inside your home.
  • The time for basic obedience is now. Your pet’s safety may hinge upon the ability to follow basic commands and get along with people. Give her this gift today.
  • Most emergency shelters don’t accept pets. This means making a plan for temporary housing, be it family, friends, or a pet friendly hotel. 
  • Research nearby boarding facilities and shelters in case you need to take your pet there. Many won’t accept pets without current vaccination history, so keep up to date with vaccines and parasite preventives. As well, your pet may be exposed to pathogens and infectious disease during an emergency. It’s safest to be protected at all times.

Our team is here to provide support and guidance before, during, and after a disaster. 

If you have any questions or concerns, or input from your own experience, please share on our FaceBook page or give our office a call.