Pet Emergency Plan​

It's National Pet Preparedness Month: Remember to Include Your Pet in Your Family's Emergency Plan

On top of everything happening in the world and going on in life, it’s important to remember that it’s still hurricane season in Houston, and it’s still important to be prepared for the possibility of a major storm. At Tanglewilde Veterinary Clinic, we like to honor National Pet Preparedness Month by reminding our clients that it’s important to include their pets in their own emergency preparedness plans. In the event you need to evacuate your home or shelter in place, you’ll not only need to have a plan in place for yourself and your children, but also for your pets.

Emergency and Disaster Preparedness for Pets in 5 Steps

1. Pack Your Pet's Emergency Supplies

You’ll need at least a week’s worth of food, water, and medications for your pets. Remember to pack bowls, harnesses, leashes, and litter if you have a cat. You might also want to purchase a pet-specific first aid kit.

2. Keep a List of Important Numbers

Your to-go bag should also have a written list of important phone numbers. Include your veterinarian, animal shelter, fire station, and police station.

3. Find a Pet-Friendly Evacuation Destination

Emergency shelters don’t always allow pets, so it’s important for you to have an alternate destination planned – whether that be a pet-friendly hotel or the home of a friend or family member.

4. Identification Information

Keep your pet’s collar and ID tags securely attached. Better yet, have your pets microchipped to increase the chances of reuniting should pets become lost. You should also pack a few photos of your pets to help them get identified if they go missing.

5. Proof of Veterinary Care

You might also need to have your pet’s official vaccination records. Ask for an updated copy at each veterinary appointment.

6. Stay Calm

Keep your pet calm by packing favorite toys or blankets. You can also consider using calming pet collars or ThunderShirts.

How to Prepare Your Pets for Quarantine

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s also important to have a plan for your pet in place in case you need to quarantine. Keep at least a two-week supply of pet food and medications. It’s also good to have a plan in place for your pets in case you will be away from home, seeking medical treatment.

Continued Pet Care in Houston with Tanglewilde Veterinary Clinic

Our dedicated veterinarians and team continue to be available to care for our Houston patients with telemedicine, backyard availability, and drop-off appointments designed to keep our human clients and staff safe and healthy. To learn more about our recommendations for preparing pets for natural disasters and other emergencies or to schedule your pet’s next appointment, contact us today.