• David Truchalski

How to prepare your pet for an earthquake

We live in an area prone to earthquakes, the possibility of “The Big One” is always around the corner and we have already experienced a couple just last week. Unlike tornadoes, hurricanes and other natural disasters, earthquakes strike without any warning, making them all the scariest. The best and only thing you can do to prepare yourself and your pets is to be prepared at all times.

Check out this guide to be prepared if, heaven forbid, there was an earthquake today. As a pet owner, it’s our job to learn what to do when there is an earthquake and know exactly what to do with our pets, since they depend on us for their safety and well-being.

Before a Quake Strikes

  • Always remember to include your pets in your family disaster plan, including who is responsible for getting them if you aren’t home when a quake strike.

  • Your pet’s collars should have current ID tags and they should be micro-chipped if possible, with the microchip registered with a current address and phone number, also have records uploaded on the cloud so it’s easy to access them when needed.

  • Make sure your pet is updated with their vaccinations, so they are protected if they end up in a shelter or escape and are on their own.

  • Make sure emergency numbers are in your phone so you have them when you need them, including your primary care veterinarian, emergency animal hospital, the microchip registry, and local animal shelters.

Your Pet First Aid Kit/Disaster Supplies Kit

Have an emergency kit put together for your pet to keep in your house and car, including these items:

  • Up to two weeks of food supply (and don’t forget a can opener if it’s needed!)

  • Food and water bowls

  • Bottled waters

  • First aid kit

  • Pet medication

  • Antibacterial ointment

  • Gauze and gauze pads

  • Muzzles

  • Tweezers

  • Digital rectal thermometer

  • Waterproof and nonstick tape

  • Vetwrap (bandages for pets

  • Sterile wound wash

  • Leash

  • Plastic bags or litter box

  • Grooming supplies

  • Blanket

  • Pet waste bags

  • Cat litter and pan

  • Beds and toys

During and After an Earthquake

  • Even the most mild-mannered pet can become aggressive and fearful during an earthquake. When you drop to the ground and find cover, your pet may or may not be comfortable staying with you.

  • Remember, your safety is always paramount, and animals are very good at taking care of themselves during emergencies. If your pet is fighting you or acting aggressive, let them go and find them when the danger has passed.

  • After the earthquake is over, check that your pet is safe. Approach them quietly with a comforting voice and check for injuries. Remember to be careful. An injured animal can unintentionally snap at or hurt you.

Keep Your Pet Calm

  • Our pets respond to our emotions, if you do your best to stay calm your pet will take their cue from you and calm down more quickly.

  • Pets like the security of dark, enclosed and quiet spaces. If you have a crate and can keep it near you, your pet might be more comfortable in it – not to mention safer from falling debris. Place something that smells like you inside it and a favorite toy to keep them calm and occupied.

  • Animals love routine, so keep your pets on routines, such as feeding and walking times, as close to normal as possible during these events.

  • Keep your pet distracted during aftershocks simply by hugging them, talking to them, or playing with some toys or treats to help them stay calm.

  • Gently caress your pet if they allow it, this is an excellent calming technique.

We hope these tips help you prepare to keep your furry family members safe during an earthquake, and remember if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.