When an emergency strikes, you have no time to plan and your pets are at risk as much as you and your human family members. Disaster planning is easy and should include a relationship with an emergency veterinary services provider like the Nor Cal Veterinary Emergency Hospital.
Disaster Preparedness includes Pet Details
Any pet ER veterinarian will tell you they never want to see you on business; they provide their service because disasters are unavoidable. In emergency situations, they’ll be as full of patients as any human ER, and that means a greater risk for your pets. Reduce that risk by acting beforehand:
Purchase a rescue alert sticker for your home, identifying you as a pet owner. (Similar stickers are available for many human ailments such as “Oxygen In Use”.)
If you evacuate, take your pet with you. Leaving your pets behind is cruel; they’ll need food, water, and protection from whatever is threatening the rest of the family. Not all shelters accept pets, so you need to pick several options – boarding kennels, animal shelters, hotels/motels, friends – ahead of time.
Designate a caregiver. A temporary caregiver (for vacations or human emergencies) must be someone who can visit your home regularly or take your pet into their home. A permanent caregiver (in the worst-case scenario) must be someone who’ll give your pet the care and love you’ve given and can afford the added responsibility.
Have an emergency care kit. Emergency equipment suppliers offer “bug out bags”, which include a 72-hour kit and room for important documents like IDs and insurance papers. Your pet should have the same consideration – meds, medical records, breeding papers, food and water. (Some dogs or other large pets can be trained to carry some or all their own emergency supplies in a backpack.) Don’t forget to have a pet first aid kit, a microchip, and ID tags!
Be a little paranoid. A thunderstorm (or Independence Day celebration) is cool to humans but can be a disaster for pets; they may flee from a safe environment just to get away from the perceived danger. Consider the possible dangers in advance. California is infamous for earthquakes, wildfires and some other things. Each has specific risks your pet, so create a plan to handle each of them.
When Emergencies Strike, Strike Back.
Pet insurance is a great investment, just like human insurance, and Nor Cal Vet accepts many insurance plans. We should be your first choice for a pet emergency because our staff has the training and resources to deal with just about anything. Knowing where to take your pet provides you with tremendous peace of mind.