Elizabeth Rogers, DVM
It is that time of year again. Tornados, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, severe weather, and fires – oh my! They can be devastating in nature. No one is exempt from the possibility of being personally affected. It is a good idea to have a plan in place in case of disaster. Here are some tips to get ready.
- Make sure that cats and dogs are wearing collars with identification tags and current rabies tag.
- Identification tags should include your pet’s name and your cell phone number
- Make sure that your pet is microchipped. You will increase your chances of being reunited with your pet if it is microchipped.
- Make sure that your pet’s microchip is registered in your name.
- Assemble Evacuation Kit
- 2 weeks supply of food – dry and canned
- 2 weeks supply of water- in plastic jugs with secure lids
- Batteries- flashlight and radio
- Cage/carrier- one for each pet with your contact information
- Can opener
- Cat/wildlife gloves
- Copies of veterinary records (including vaccine records and rabies certificate) and proof of ownership
- Emergency contact list
- Favorite toys, treats or blanket
- First aid kit
- Pet’s medications
- Leash and collar/harness
- Litter, litter pan, and litter scoop
- Map of evacuation routes
- Muzzle for dog or cat
- Paper litter or bedding for rabbits
- Food and water dishes
- Paper towels
- Trash bags
- Find a safe place to stay ahead of time
- Consider boarding at a kennel or veterinarian’s office.
After the Disaster
- Keep your pets secured on a leash or in a carrier or inside your house
- Do not allow your pets to roam loose.
- Try to keep your pet’s routine as normal as possible.
- Remain calm. Your pet may have increased anxiety because of your anxiety.
- Contact your veterinarian if your pet is anxious.
- Consider a thundershirt for your cat or dog to help ease anxiety.