Are You Prepared for an Emergency?

Monday, July 15, 2019

Emergency Preparedness and Pets


Hurricane season is upon us again and being prepared is vitally important. We all know this, but

sometimes we let it slip or don’t find time to “get ready”. It’s so easy to forget our fuzzy friends

in this preparation, but we don’t want to make that mistake. Let’s talk about some tips to help

our pet preparedness situation.


Keep your pets’ vaccines up-to-date.

In case of an evacuation, the shelter decides if they will

take your pet – not you or your vet. Keeping them fully vaccinated will prevent most shelter

problems. If you have a pet that cannot be vaccinated due to a medical condition, have your vet

write you a letter stating why. Additionally, in a flood event, certain diseases like leptospirosis

can become an epidemic because of environmental conditions. But many of these diseases have

vaccinations for prevention.


Keep your medications stocked.

Our clinic has been closed for extended periods of time due to

storms on more than on occasion. Records might not be available because of closure.

Emergency trips without chronic or travel medications can be deadly. Try to always have a

couple weeks of medication available at all times.


Having a supply of food and clean water is also very important.

Maybe your pet requires a prescription food – you don’t want to run out. In the event of a catastrophe, scrambling to get a supply of food upon an evacuation can be very time consuming. And don’t forget the bowls!


Make sure your pet can be identified.

Have some good photos in your phone. Collars with a

name and contact number can be very helpful, but collars can be lost. Microchipping is the best

option. Microchips don’t get lost and always work. I’ve seen many dogs reunited with their

owners due to microchips. Additionally, make sure all the collar and microchip contact

information is up-to-date.


Finally, have a plan that you have thought out.

For example, if you have to leave right now - Do you have enough carriers that work, with bowls for each pet? Are medications easy to grab? Are leashes present? Are records easy to get?

Remember emergencies occur all the time. Just about all of us live down wind of some chemical



Remember the fires that occurred near the Battleship of Texas? You won’t have time to

prepare if the fire department is knocking on your door.



Bruce W Meuth DVM


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