Pet emergency preparedness.

It isn’t pleasant to think about natural or man-made disasters, but the threat of earthquakes, fires, floods, and landslides is ever-present in our beautiful coastal community. Creating a family disaster plan that includes your animal companions can help safeguard your family and your pets against further trauma if, or when, disaster strikes. 

Follow these tips from Surfside Animal Hospital to help your pet-friendly household prepare for emergencies. 

Plan for Possible Separation

When developing your plan for pet emergency preparedness, consider the possibility that you may not be home with your pet at the time. If your pet should somehow run away from your home, accurate identification is imperative. Keep your information up-to-date on your pet’s ID tag and microchip. A pet without identification could be mistaken as a stray. 

Prioritize Healthcare on a Regular Basis

Don’t wait until a disaster looms to get your pet examined and vaccinated. Keep your pet up-to-date with wellness visits so that we can discuss your pet’s risk factors and make our recommendations regarding vaccines and parasite prevention. If you have to relocate or board your animal during a disaster, he may be exposed to communicable diseases, fleas, and ticks from unprotected animals. 

Pet Emergency Preparedness Kits

Having your pet’s basic supplies handy in the event of evacuation can save you precious time during very stressful moments. 

Use this checklist from the Humane Society to create your pet’s disaster kit and keep it near an exit:

  • 5 days’ worth of food and water per pet, plus bowls
  • Medications (rotate before expiration) and medical records (also keep on your phone) in a waterproof container
  • Pet first-aid kit
  • Litter box, litter, scoop, and plastic bags
  • Leashes, harnesses, and carriers
  • Current photos of you with your pets (also keep on your phone) to prove that they are yours in case you get separated
  • A favorite toy and familiar blanket
  • Written information about feeding schedules and medical conditions (or behavior issues) along with your veterinarian’s name and phone number in case you have to board your pets

Other helpful supplies include:

  • Newspapers or paper towels
  • Disinfectant
  • Grooming needs
  • Pet shampoo wipes

Identify a Safe Place

Know in advance where you will take your pets in the event of an evacuation. Not all shelters accept pets. Identify hotels outside of our area that accept pets, or find an out-of-town friend or family member within easy driving distance. Contact us for our suggestions regarding boarding facilities.

At Surfside Animal Hospital, our care and compassion for your pets doesn’t stop when you leave our hospital. If you have more questions about pet emergency preparedness, please contact us at (760) 439-5500.