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Pet safety before, during, and after emergencies

The fourth topic in the MD's 'Be Prepared' education series focuses on keeping your pet safe and comfortable before, during, and after an emergency. Being prepared for unexpected situations can help to keep your pet safe and comfortable when it counts. Prepare yourself and your furry friend by following these steps.

Be aware of the risks

The dangers can differ based on your location. Familiarize yourself with the potential hazards in your area to better prepare your pets for any unforeseen events.

Create a plan

Developing an emergency pet plan can alleviate stress for both you and your furry companion. Consider the following factors when crafting your plan.

  • How will you safely gather and transport your pets?
  • What is your destination and what essentials will you pack for your pets?
  • What are your pet's stressors and how can you determine calming techniques?
  • Does your pet interact well with both people and other animals?
  • Are there any food or medications for your pet that need to be refrigerated?

When preparing, ensure you have an emergency contact list for your pet that includes pet-friendly hotels, kennels, shelters, as well as friends and family both locally and outside your area. This list will be invaluable in finding a secure place for your pet to stay at a moment's notice.

Checklist for your pet's emergency kit

If you are evacuated, when registering your pet at a reception center, temporary housing, or temporary care, you will need some or all of the following items. Be sure to include them in your pet's emergency kit.

  • Up-to-date license with the MD to facilitate their safe return if you are separated
  • Collar, harness, leash, and muzzle
  • Updated ID such as a tattoo, microchip, or collar with tags
  • Current medical and vaccination records, insurance information, and contact details of your veterinarian
  • Current list of medications, allergies, and dietary restrictions for your pet
  • Note feeding schedules and any behaviour concerns

Make sure to have a backup plan for your pet, as pet access varies across the province and not all reception centers accept animals. In times of emergencies and disasters, individuals may be forced to evacuate without their pets, making it challenging to reunite with them later.

If you must leave your pet behind, increase their survival chances with these steps:

  • Not confining or tethering them
  • Providing an ample amount of food
  • Ensuring access to plenty of water, like in a full bathtub or large storage bin

If time allows, leave a note on your door with the date and time you left, a contact number, and specifics about the pets left inside such as the breed and number of pets.

To prioritize the safety and welfare of your pets during emergencies, we urge you to explore pet preparedness at alberta.ca/pet-preparedness. Pets are part of countless families, and need to be included in all family emergency plans. Please take the time to learn how you can help safeguard their well-being in unforeseen situations.

Download the Emergency kit checklist for your pets.

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