Is Your Pet Ready For An Earthquake?
Posted on Apr 13, 2016 , 0 comments
We want to make sure you and your pet are ready to deal with potential disasters that could come our way. We have partnered with the American Humane Association’s Red Star® Rescue and Emergency Services for Animals to provide you with some tips that could keep your pet safe in the event of an earthquake.
Watch For A Change in behavior
Pet owners should watch for changes in behavior among the animals in their lives. Dogs and cats especially can be particularly sensitive to any changes in their surroundings, and can pick up on anxiety in the home. Pets that do show changes in mood – especially any aggressive behavior – may need to be afforded more space than usual around other animals, children and strangers. And just like children, animals experiencing times of stress need comforting, too. The best way to comfort your pet is with kind words and lots of pats or hugs.
Up-To-Date ID Info
Given the stress of a major earthquake, pets may flee the household. Make sure all pets wear collars and tags with up-to-date identification information. Your pet’s ID tag should contain his name, telephone number and any urgent medical needs. Be sure to also write your pet’s name, your name and contact information on your pet’s carrier.
Include basic pet necessities in your Earthquake Kit
- 3-7 days’ worth of canned (pop-top) or dry food (be sure to rotate every two months)
- Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are perfect)
- Litter or paper toweling
- Liquid dish soap and disinfectant
- Disposable garbage bags for clean-up
- Pet feeding dishes and water bowls
- At least seven days’ worth of bottled water for each person and pet (store in a cool, dry place and replace every two months)
- A traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier, ideally one for each pet
- Especially for cats: Pillowcase, toys, scoop-able litter
- Especially for dogs: Extra leash, toys and chew toys, a week’s worth of cage liner
With these tips, you’ll be prepared in the event of an earthquake! Visit the American Humane Association’s website for more valuable information regarding pet safety.