Plan and Prepare: A Spotlight on Natural Disaster Pet Safety
No one likes to think about natural disasters, but the truth is that fires, floods, earthquakes, and the like are a part of the world we live in, and being prepared is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones. Natural disaster pet safety should play an important role in your family’s emergency preparedness plans, and your team at Community Pet Hospital of Tigard is here to help you every step of the way.
A Plan in Place
Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare your pet for a natural disaster or severe weather event…
- Identify hotels and motels that allow pets in your area, in case the need for evacuation arises.
- Most Red Cross shelters do not accept pets, so ask around to find out which friends, neighbors, boarding facilities, veterinary hospitals, and animal shelters can care for your animals if needed.
- Make sure your pets are current on their vaccinations and parasite preventives, and that you have proof of both.
- Include your pets in evacuation drills, and ensure that they are comfortable entering and exiting their crates or carriers at a moment’s notice.
- Keep your pet’s collar (with current ID tags attached) on him or her at all times. If you haven’t had your pet microchipped yet, be sure to do so.
Assemble Your Supplies
Keeping an emergency kit handy will save you from any last minute scrambling to gather supplies or other necessities for your pet, in the event of a severe weather emergency. Gather the following items into sturdy containers that can be carried easily and stored in an accessible location:
- Extra leash, harness, and/or carrier
- Food, fresh water, bowls, and manual can opener (if applicable)
- Your pet’s medical records and medications (stored in a waterproof container)
- Pet first aid kit
- Photos of you and your pet together (in case you are separated and need to identify your pet)
If possible, bring your pet’s bed and a few toys, blankets, or other comforts of home, in the event of an evacuation, to help ease the stress of being relocated.
One of the most crucial elements of natural disaster pet safety is to stay together! Never leave your pet behind if you must evacuate your home or general area, and always keep them leashed or in carriers as gates and fences may become damaged.
The confusion and upheaval of any natural disaster or weather event is stressful for pets, and their behavior may change as a result. Be on the alert for signs of aggression, defensiveness, or severe anxiety, and take steps to protect your pets as well as other people or animals.
Natural Disaster Pet Safety
Please visit us at Community Pet Hospital to make sure your furry family member is current on his or her immunizations and parasite protection. We welcome any other questions or concerns about natural disaster pet safety. Just give us a call!
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“We come here with all our animals because of the quality of care we receive, and the great prices. Great staff. —Jennifer Ellwood
“Staff was very friendly and helpful. Our first visit has been awesome. The vet was very helpful and took time to talk and explain everything. Thank you. —Elizabeth
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“Dr. Christensen is always very thorough and kind to my pets. We appreciate her very much. She is a wonderful asset to the clinic. —Becky Goldman
“I have come to love the staff and the new owners. These people truly care and love animals. I ’m thankful to find these people I’ve had such bad experiences from the other clinics around the area with such high prices. —April Veneigh
“Our family pet, Griffey, receives unsurpassed, compassionate care at Community Pet Hospital! Thank you, Community Pet Hospital, for always being there for us humans and those very important animal members of our family. I love you guys!! —Karen Smith
“Thank you to both Dr. Johnson and his wife Bonnie. Your compassion helped so much in our time of need. I will recommend you to everyone as you are so good and really care. —Cheryl Stone
“The doctor and technician were so kind and gentle with my scardy cat. Thanks. —Margaret Krauss
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