Pets and disasters

We always need to be prepared to take care of our animals, especially during disasters such as fire, flood, or other emergencies. In cases of fire or natural disasters, you need to be prepared in case your pet gets injured, lost, or has to be evacuated.

  • A pre-determined plan in case of a disaster will help you remain calm and think clearly.
  • Remember to communicate and cooperate with all emergency personnel.
  • If you must leave the premises let someone know where you are going and try to remain in contact with that person.
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The American Veterinary Medical Association Saving the Whole Family© brochure offers a comprehensive list of what needs to be done to safeguard your pets before, during and after a disaster.

Additional information on preparing to help your can be found at the following sites:

For pets

University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine: Family Disaster Plan Should Include Pets

American Red Cross: Pets and Disaster: Be Prepared


For horses

American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP): Be Prepared for an Equine Health Emergency

 

Always remember that any first aid administered to your pet should be followed by immediate veterinary care. First aid care is not a substitute for veterinary care, but it may save your pet's life until it receives veterinary treatment.