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1. Before Disaster Strikes

2. Survival Plan and Kit

3. Essential First-Aid Kit

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Before Disaster Strikes
Protect your pet's life by taking these precautions
   Place an out-of-state contact name and number, along with your own on your pet's ID tag.  Also known as: I.C.E. (In Case of Emergency)

   Have your pet's health certificate and a photo handy at all times to prove ownership if you're separated from your pet during a disaster

+     Keep your pet's vaccinations up-to-date in case you have to board your pet or leave the state

     Purchase a leash and a portable carrier large enough for your pet to stand up and turn around in

   Create a list of boarding facilities within a 100-mile radius of your home, and a list of nearby hotels that accept pets and under what circumstances

     Ask your local animal shelter if they have an evacuation plan for animals and if they'd be able to care for your specific type of pet during an emergency

   List friends and relatives who could care for your pet for an extended period of time if you lose your home

   Take your pet with you.  If you must evacuate your house, do not leave your pet behind.  If it is unsafe for you to remain, then it is unsafe for your pet as well


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Survival plan and kit

Sometimes it becomes necessary to have a back-up plan in the advent of an emergency. While most people are aware of what is needed for them, have they also thought about what pets might need in order to survive too?

The following link goes to a website that deals with just about all kinds of emergencies; it is dedicated to alerting people as to what to do, where to go and what is needed. among this is a great section on pets. Check out the link at:


Most disaster shelters cannot accept pets because of health and safety regulations. Service animals for people with disabilities are an exception.

bulletArrange for a neighbor to check on your pets and take care of them if a disaster occurs while you are not at home.
bulletPlan ahead for a friend or relative outside the affected area to shelter your animals if necessary.
bulletKeep your petís ID tags up to date. Consider having your pet micro-chipped


Make a disaster Go-bag for each of your pets. Include the following:

bulletSturdy leashes and/or carriers to transport pets. Animal shelters may require owners to provide a pet carrier for each animal.
bulletCurrent photos of your pets in case they get lost.
bulletFood and potable water, for at least one week. Bowls, cat litter and pan, plastic bags, can opener and pet toys. These items may not be immediately available in animal shelters.
bulletInformation on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, immunization records and the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to board your pets.



Bring all pets into the house so that you won't have to search for them if you have to leave in a hurry.


Do not try and hold onto your pet during the shaking of an earthquake or explosion. Animals instinctively protect themselves and hide where they are safe.


Animals react differently under stress. Outside your home and in the car, keep dogs securely leashed. Transport cats in carriers. The most trustworthy pets may panic, hide, and try to escape or even bite or scratch.


When you return home, give your pets time to settle back into their routines. Consult your veterinarian if any behavioral problems persist.

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The Essential First Aid Kit

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Be sure to have a first aid kit with you when you take your pup on a hiking or camping trip, or when you leave your pet in the care of others. This is what the Marin Humane Society recommends for a well-stocked first aid kit for your pet (name brand products are capitalized):

bulletLots of bandages:
bulletClinging gauze rolls
bullet2-inch square compression pads
bulletrolled cotton batting to apply to a splint and clean ears
bullet1-inch bandage tape
bullet2-inch elastic tape
bulletTelfa pads for wounds
bulletsmall scissors, nice and sharp
bulletnail clippers
bulletbulb syringe
bulletnitrate strips or styptic powder for nails
bulletBenadryl, if your dog is allergic to bee sting)
bulletantibiotic ointments for small wounds
bullethydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting as well as for cleaning of deep wounds
bulletBetadine for cleaning deep wounds
bulletear cleaning solutions such as ChlorhexiDem, Epi-otic, Nolvasan
bulleteye wash solutions (saline/any contact lens solution)
bulletK-Y Jelly-water soluble
bulletany special medications prescribed by your vet
  Remember: Whenever you notice any changes in your pet's demeanor, behavior, or routines, contact your vet for advice.

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Last updated on: 06/21/2013