In case of an emergency, you want to make sure your entire family is safe and well cared for - including your pets. In fact, in emergency situations, your pets can often be the most vulnerable.
It is a good idea to have an emergency preparedness plan in place for your pets. With preparation, you can be ready to help your pet in case of an emergency. Here are our best tips to help you have an effective pet emergency response plan.
Have a Pet Emergency Kit Ready
What’s good for you is often good for your pet. When thinking of your own preparedness, have your pet ready for an emergency in the same fashion.
It’s a good idea to have an emergency kit stocked and stored somewhere you can quickly access. In addition to emergency items for you, it is a good idea to have the following items on hand for your pet.
A copy of your pet’s medical records (including behavioral information and up-to-date vaccines), medications, and feeding schedule in case you have to foster or board your pet. These are essential if your pet needs medical attention.
A copy of your pet’s insurance information.
Leashes, harnesses, or a crate to help you transport your pet safely.
A first aid kit with supplies such as bandages, antibiotic ointment, flea and tick prevention, and latex gloves. Often, it is simpler to have your own first aid kit and simply add some items for your pet.
A pet bed (that can be easily moved) and toys or familiar items to keep your pet at ease and comfortable.
Pet litter and a litter box if needed, as well as paper towels, alcohol wipes, and trash bags for sanitation.
At least 3-10 days worth of drinking water and packaged food, bowls, and a can opener if needed to open your pet’s food.
Photos of you with your pet in case they get lost during an emergency situation.
Have a Plan in Place
It’s important to have a plan in place during a disaster or other emergency to help you avoid leaving your pet home alone. The best thing you can do is have safe places on hand to take your pets during a disaster or emergency. In case of an emergency where you are unable to return to your home, have the contact information for pet-friendly hotels, or boarding facilities to help keep your pet to a safe place even if you are unable to return home. With this in mind, know that it is important to keep your pet’s vaccinations up-to-date and keep documentation handy, as many shelters and require proof.
Make sure you know where your nearby emergency veterinary hospitals are, and have their contact information programmed into your phone or in your emergency kit so you can contact them quickly if your pet needs emergency medical attention or care. Here at Diamond Vet, we have an emergency power generator enabling us to stay open even if the power is out. We’re committed to being available to help, even in adverse conditions.
Help Pets Recover Post-Emergency
After an emergency situation, it can take some time for your pets to recover, and you may notice some behavioral changes. Work closely with your vet to watch them closely and ensure the safety of other animals and people while they recover. Also during the time after an emergency, keep an eye out for any hazards that could impact your pet in a new environment or an environment that has been impacted by the disaster.