Disaster Preparedness For Pets | Great Tips From A Veterinarian Who Has Experienced Being Evacuated During A Natural Disaster

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  1. Ali Isaac says:

    Great post, Rachele! I had never considered any of this. Your personal experience is a perfect example of how these events can happen to anyone, usually when we are least prepared for it. Dogs have to be chipped over here, and Ind’s is up to date, but he doesn’t wear a tag, and I don’t have an emergency kit stashed. I don’t think I will be comfortable now until I have it all set up! Thanks for the tips!

  2. This is an invaluable post. I do have a bag prepared to evacuate with the dogs. Our weather has gotten so crazy, you never know when you will need it. I have several dog tags, but the Silver Paws tag has proven superior.

  3. Great article, thank you very much! I also highly recommend taking a pet first aid class. Medical care might be unavailable and knowing how to care for your pet until they can be seen by a veterinarian can save their life.

  4. That is a great idea, Larry! It would be important to check the credentials of the person teaching the pet first aid course to make sure that the information presented was accurate, of course. But attending a pet first aid course taught by a well qualified professional would be a great idea for pet parents.

  5. Hi Y’all!

    What a great article!

    My Humans always have an “emergency suitcase” packed for me and for them. They are also used when we travel. If they are going to take a larger suitcase for us, the emergency suitcase works as an “overnight bag.”

    The one thing my Humans can’t have “ready” and have to “remember” is my allergy shots which have to be kept refrigerated.

    Pedialyte is a great thing to pack for humans and pets. My Humans use it to be sure we’re all hydrated when traveling or in very HOT weather. You can get plain, unflavored. My Humans keep an unopened bottle in the car “just in case.”

    Another note, the door stickers from the ASPCA shrivel and fade within a year or two here in the southeast (yes, even when in a window protected by a porch overhang).

    Y’all come on by,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  6. Thanks for sharing, Hawk! Yes, Pedialyte is good for rehydration for both people and pets. I always pack a water bottle for my dog Savanna when I take her in the car. Pedialyte would certainly be an option to use for part of an evacuation kit in addition to gallon jugs of water. But I would still recommend having plenty of water on hand for emergencies. It is good to hear that you are using the ASPCA window decals. If they shrivel and fade after a year or two, they are easy to replace since they are free.

  7. MyDogLikes says:

    These are great tips. I love the idea of finding a pet-friendly hotel before you need it. Disaster planning is always something that we say we will do, but do not. This is a wake up call.

  8. Great information. We live in New Orleans, where we just commemorated the 10th anniversary of Katrina. So many people didn’t evacuate because they didn’t have a plan for their pets and didn’t want to leave them behind. Others evacuated without their pets thinking that they’d return home in a couple of days and find their pets safe and sound. They didn’t. Fortunately, this shed light on the need to provide evacuation shelters that accept pets. Unfortunately, many pets and people did not survive to see that development. Always have a plan and never leave your pets behind.

  9. Thank you for sharing your experiences, Miss Harper Lee. I think we all learned a lot from the things that happened during Katrina. And, yes, it is very important to never leave our pets behind if we have to evacuate in an emergency.

  10. What a great post. It’s not something we like to think about but it’s so important to be prepared! Thanks for sharing!!

  11. You’re welcome, Golden Daily Scoop!

  12. Cathy Armato says:

    Excellent and comprehensive post on disaster preparedness for pets. When disaster strikes it’s usually super fast and you have little time to scramble around. You need to be ready to go! I hadn’t seen this FEMA video – thanks for sharing. FYI, when I tried to share this post via Tweet it was a bit too lengthy for Twitter – I had to shorten it slightly.

  13. Thank you for your kind words and for sharing on Twitter, Cathy!

  14. Excellent information. With all the time and energy we put into our pets on a daily basis, taking a few minutes to prepare now for possible disaster shouldn’t be given a second thought. Just do it. You don’t always get warning or are always home with your pets to respond. Lightning strikes (and subsequent fires), earthquakes, or tornadoes can require evacuation from your home without any notice whatsoever.

  15. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Nicholas.