How to prepare your pet for an earthquake

Jun 21, 2022

An earthquake can be a terrifying experience for both humans and pets. If you’re a pet parent, it’s important to take some steps to ensure your furry friend is as safe as possible during an earthquake. In this blog post, we will discuss how to prepare your pet for an earthquake, including what items you should include in their disaster kit and how to train them to stay calm during an emergency.

Microchip your pet

Make sure your pet is microchipped in case they get lost during the quake. Be sure to gather your pet’s paperwork ahead of time in a clear plastic bag. You should include the following documents:

  • A copy of your pet’s vaccination records
  • Your pet’s medical history
  • Your primary veterinarian’s contact information
  • Emergency contacts
  • A list of current medications for your pet including dosages.
  • Microchip information (ex: microchip number, as well as the name and number of the microchip company)
  • Pet description(s) (ex: breed, gender, color, weight) & photos of your pet in case of separation
  • Waterproof, sturdy bag to carry all of your supplies

Remember to refresh your emergency bag every 6 months with new paperwork that is reflective of their current medications and medical history.

Crates and carriers

Have a sturdy carrier or crate for them to hide in. The carrier should be big enough for your pet to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably. Place a towel or blanket inside the carrier to help your pet feel more secure.

Prepare a disaster kit for your pet

Create a disaster kit for your pet that includes food, water, and medical supplies that will last you at least one to two weeks. We recommend including the following items:

  • Bottled water
  • One to two weeks’ worth of your pet’s food
  • Collapsible food and water bowls
  • Blankets
  • Leash, collar and harness
  • A few toys
  • Pet life jacket and paw protectors
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Basic pet first-aid kit with an inflatable cone

Replace any food or water in the pet emergency kit every six months. Pro tip: Write down the date you prepared the food and water for the kit so you know when to replace them.

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Training for an emergency

Train your pet to stay calm during an earthquake – some dogs may bark or become agitated, while others may try to hide. Cats are also more likely to hide. It’s important to get your cat or dog familiar with the crate or carrier you will be using in case of an emergency so they don’t associate it with punishment. You can do this by feeding them meals in their crate and placing treats and toys inside of it.

Never leave your pet behind

If you have to evacuate, make sure you take your pet with you. Leave a sign on your door indicating that you have evacuated and include the number of pets in your household. If your pets are elsewhere, be sure to include the details of your pet’s whereabouts on the note.

Protect them from falling objects

Identify a safe place in your home, away from falling objects before an earthquake strikes. If possible, keep them away from windows and other objects that could fall on them during an earthquake.

Download the Airvet app

Be sure that you’ve downloaded the Airvet app before a disaster strikes. If your pet is injured during a natural disaster such as an earthquake – Airvet will be there for you – ready to assist in any situation.

A little preparation goes a long way. You can help ensure your pet’s safety in the event of an earthquake by anticipating what you would do in a natural disaster. Have a plan in place and practice it with your family – including pets – so everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency.