Did you know?
A recent survey indicated that 91 percent of pet owners are not
prepared for the next natural disaster.
To help you prepare, the VET, the Texas A&M College of
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), and our
partners at the Banfield Foundation® have some tips for
establishing a plan in the event that you have to evacuate your
home during an emergency situation:
- Call your veterinarian to
begin your planning process—if your pet is not up-to-date
on their vaccinations, schedule an appointment to do so. While
you’re there, have your veterinarian:
- Give you a copy of your pet’s medical
records, since some shelters may not accept pets that are not
current on their vaccinations,
- Refill any prescriptions your pet may
- Talk with you about planning for any
specific needs your pet may have.
- Create a pet disaster
preparedness kit with items placed in
waterproof bags or containers. Your kit might include:
- Basic survival items like three to
seven days’ worth of food and water (Banfield has an online tool to
help you determine how much of these items you'll need, which can
be found at bit.ly/banfieldnutrition), pet bowls, and two
weeks’ worth of medications;
- First aid supplies;
- Cleaning supplies, including pet
waste bags and sanitizing wipes;
- Your pet’s records, including rabies
tags, medical records, and microchip number information;
- Pictures of you, your family and your
pet, in case of separation; and
- Feline supplies, including a
litterbox, scooper, and litter.
- The Banfield Foundation is currently
thanking its donors with a pre-assembled pet disaster preparedness
kit, available here, BanfieldFoundation.org/kit. Each donation also
provides a preparedness kit to vulnerable pet owners in select,
- Don't forget transportation
supplies—a pet carrier or crate, a leash and collar, and
familiar items such as toys, treats, blankets or bedding, and/or
stress-relief products (pheromone sprays or wipes) will help you
move your pet safely and comfortably.
- Ensure your pet is
microchipped—Banfield also found that more than half of
those surveyed do not have their pet microchipped. In addition to
ensuring your pet is always wearing up-to-date identification tags,
talk with your veterinarian about microchipping your pets—and
ensure your account and contact information is kept current—to
increase the likelihood of a reunion if your pet gets loose amidst
- Know where you’re
going—prepare for a possible evacuation by compiling a
list of hotels, boarding facilities, or shelters that will allow
you to bring your pets; include contact information and addresses
- In the event of a natural
disaster, never leave your pets
vehicles, tethered, or crated without you or a member of your
family. Pets left outdoors are at risk for diseases—in the event of
heavy rains and flooding, mosquitoes multiply, increasing the
likelihood of the spread of heartworm disease to your pet, so
ensure your pet is on year-round heartworm preventive medicine—as
well as storm-related injuries, and, possibly, death.
- Stay informed!
- Organizations like the Banfield Foundation offer online resources to help
you prepare your family and pet for an emergency.
- Local emergency management offices
may also have details about your area’s evacuation and sheltering
- A current list of contacts, including
your veterinarian, emergency veterinarians in an area to which you
are likely to evacuate, and an animal control office, in the event
the event that your pet may be lost or injured.
A disaster can strike at any time! Therefore, the VET encourages all families to be
safe and prepared by planning for their furry family members as
they plan for themselves.