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Earthquake Pet Safety Tips

Here in California, we are all too familiar with earthquakes. To promote earthquake preparedness, the entire state will participate in the Great California ShakeOut on Thursday, October 19. At 10:17 a.m., people across the state will practice how to drop, cover, and hold on in this massive earthquake drill. Here are some tips on earthquake safety for you and your pets.

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 strikes.
  • Make sure your pets have current vaccinations so they are protected if they end up in a shelter or escape and are on their own.
  • Collars should have current ID tags and all your pets should be microchipped, with the microchip registered with a current address and phone number.
  • Place emergency numbers 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.

Pet First Aid Kit/Disaster Supplies Kit

Every first aid kit for your family should include medical supplies for your pet, such as:

  • Medications
  • Antibacterial ointment
  • A book covering first aid for pets
  • Gauze and gauze pads
  • Muzzles
  • Tweezers
  • Digital rectal thermometer
  • Waterproof and nonstick tape
  • Vetwrap – bandages for pets
  • Sterile wound wash

The pet portion of your family disaster supplies kit should include:

  • 2-week supply of food for each pet
  • Copies of vaccination records
  • Food and water bowls
  • 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.


Tips on Keeping Your Pet Calm

  • Our pets respond to our emotions, so 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 routines, such as feeding and walking times, as close to normal as possible.
  • Try to distract your pet during aftershocks with a toy or treats to help them stay calm.
  • Gentle stroking, if your pet allows it, is an excellent calming technique.

We hope these tips help you prepare to keep your furry family members safe during an earthquake. Remember, VSEC is here for you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year if you need us for any urgent medical need.


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