07 Oct Disaster Preparedness For Your Furry Family
Cherice Roth, DVM
Just as you do in preparation of your family’s emergency supply kit, including your pet makes sense. Here are tips for preparing for evacuation and/or natural disasters.
- Print, or place vaccine and medical history on a USB drive. Place those and up-to-date photos (in case you are separated from your pet) in a water protective sleeve.
- Update microchip information.
- Have collars w/tags/leashes/carriers for EVERY PET that is in your home.
- Keep all pet medications in the same location so it’s easy to grab them in a hurry. Discuss with your vet which medications are VITAL (like heart medications) and which ones are not a big deal to miss (like allergy meds) in case you can’t get refills.
- Prepare a “go-kit”: Bowls, water, food, potty pads, cat litter, litter box, trash bags etc.
- Know your state laws regarding pet evacuation. There are many states where it is ILLEGAL to force owners to leave their pets behind.
- Prepare a list of 2-3 Pet-friendly hotels and their contact info at least 2 hours away from your house in case you leave your town.
- Text VET to 67076 for a text chat with a veterinarian. Our veterinarians are available every day for help preparing for, during, or after a disaster. We are here to support you.
FEMA Guide: Preparing Your Pets for Emergencies
CDC: Disaster Preparedness For Your Pets
ASPCA: Disaster Preparedness