If you’re like many Americans, you probably have at least some semblance of a plan in the event of a natural disaster or evacuation; perhaps you’ve stashed some extra food and water in the basement or have a first aid kit in your car. Whatever the case, it’s important to remember the needs of your pet, as well. Disaster preparedness for pets is critical to their safety and well being. If you’re wondering where to start, you’re in luck! The Pet Experts are here to help.

Disaster Preparedness for Pets

Having the necessary items on hand is essential to disaster preparedness for pets. Check the following items off your list:
(and make sure they’re stored in an easily accessible location!)

  • Crate/carrier
  • Muzzle (if needed)
  • Leash and extra collar with ID tags
  • Medical and vaccination records
  • Any medications or supplements your pet is taking
  • Pet first aid kit (download this app for helpful tutorials and instructions)
  • One week’s supply of food and bottled water
  • Food and water bowls

Let’s Stay Together

Remember, the safest place for your pet during any emergency or disaster situation is with you! Do NOT leave your pet behind if you have to evacuate; abandoned pets are at serious risk of injury or death. Instead, exchange house keys with neighbors, and agree to evacuate each other’s pets if necessary.

During natural disasters, many temporary shelters do not allow pets. Make sure you research pet-friendly places ahead of time. Options may include:

  • Friends or family who would agree to take your pet
  • Pet-friendly hotels/motels
  • Boarding kennels
  • Shelters or rescues that will temporarily house displaced pets
  • Campgrounds or other alternative housing

A Word About Microchipping

A well-fitting collar with up-to-date ID tags is important for all pets, but microchipping could significantly increase the chances of being reunited with your pet should they become lost during an emergency situation (or at any time).

If you have additional questions about disaster preparedness for pets, please contact the team at Naperville Animal Hospital.