Is Your Dog Prepared for Disaster?
Monday, Oct 14,2019

If an emergency situation were to occur, would you be adequately prepared to keep your dog safe and comfortable?

September marked National Disaster Preparedness Month, but the annual Great ShakeOut earthquake drill is coming October 17. Are you prepared for disaster and, as important, is your dog prepared for disaster, too? Here are tips to help your dogs stay safe and comfortable—and with you—in case of an emergency.

Prepare and store with the family’s emergency supplies a pet-specific emergency kit that includes:

  • Basic first aid supplies;
  • Three-day supply of pet food (in a waterproof container) and bottled water;
  • Safety harness and leash;
  • Waste cleanup supplies;
  • Medications and a copy of the pet’s medical records
  • List of local veterinarians and pet care organizations;
  • Details on the pet’s feeding routine and notes on behavioral issues; and
  • Comfort items (blanket, favorite toy).

Further, remember the following safety tips:

  • Ensure your pet’s identification by using a microchip or collar ID tag. Make sure all contact information is up to date.
  • Display a pet rescue decal on your front door or window to let first responders know there is a pet in the house. Include your veterinarian’s contact information.
  • Know where your dog hides in the house when frightened. Finding your dog quickly will help you evacuate faster.
  • Identify a location to take a dog in case of evacuation. Disaster shelters for people may not accept animals, so scout hotels/motels with pet-friendly policies, or ask relatives or friends if they could house you and your dog.
  • Carry a picture of your dog in case you are separated.
  • Consider taking a crate for transport and safekeeping.