Earthquake Preparedness for Pets

The ground is shaking! In some parts of America, earthquakes are a common occurrence. Learn how to keep yourself and your pet safe if you are affected by this natural disaster.

I live in the southeast, so I have never really had to worry about earthquakes. But I still know the drill if an earthquake were to suddenly strike. In thinking about that, however, I realized I didn’t know what I would need to do with my cat. Below are the tips for any natural disaster to keep you and your pet safe.

  • It is very important that your animal can be properly identified. If your furry friend’s tags need to be updated, now is a good time to take care of that! Also, most veterinary offices and shelters now have the ability to read microchips. The microchips are implanted in between your pet’s shoulder blades and contain owner information and medical records.
  • Have a leash or harness ready, in case you need to evacuate the building. For cats, have a carrier on hand. If your animal has a large, plastic carrier, put it in that if you are “sheltering in place” (or staying at home during a disaster.) That type of carrier will help protect your critter from any falling debris.
  • Some pets hide during moments of stress. It is important to know your animal’s hiding spots, in case you need to find it during times of emergency.
  • If you need to evacuate your home, take bottled water, food and any medication your pet needs with you. If you have time, grab a blanket or something that will comfort your furry friend.

The best thing you can do for your pet during a high-stress time is to be calm and soothing. If you are calm and reassuring with your animal, you will probably find that it will also help your own mood, as well.

And to keep yourself calm for future events like these, make a plan of action today.

What's your plan of action in case of emergency? Share it with us!

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