Veterinary Services

Pet Emergency Preparedness

Emergencies can strike at any moment, and when they do, being prepared can make all the difference for the safety and well-being of your beloved pets. We are no strangers to the potential impact of hurricanes, our hospital is committed to assisting you in creating a comprehensive pet emergency preparedness plan.

Cat in a Crate for Evacuation or Rescue
hurricane in the ocean

Understanding the Local Landscape

Preparation is vital, as it not only ensures the safety of your pets but also reduces stress during challenging situations.

Shelter Considerations
When preparing for emergencies, particularly during hurricane seasons, knowing local shelters’ pet policies is crucial. Unfortunately, not all shelters accommodate pets, so knowing which ones do is essential. If evacuation becomes necessary, plan by identifying pet-friendly hotels inland, as these accommodations tend to fill up rapidly during emergencies.

Evacuation Planning

In an evacuation, having a clear plan can make the process smoother and less stressful. Follow these guidelines to ensure your pet’s safety:

Central Location
Keep all your pets in a central location within your home, making it easier to gather them quickly if needed.

Utilize Technology

Enhance your preparedness with our FREE hospital smartphone app, PetDesk. This user-friendly app grants you access to your pet’s records wherever you are. It’s a valuable tool for staying informed and organized during emergencies. If you want to sign up for PetDesk or learn more about this convenient tool, please click here to be directed to their website.

Note: A valid email address with our hospital is required to access this app.

Hotel Reservations
Call well in advance to secure reservations at pet-friendly hotels. Additionally, assemble a pet supply kit, including:

  • Food, water, and kitty litter for at least three days.
  • Cleaner/disinfectants, newspaper, paper towels, and plastic bags for proper waste disposal.
  • Easily transportable bedding and toys.
  • A sturdy, properly sized crate, leashes, and necessary obedience aids.
  • Documentation with feeding schedules, medical history, proof of vaccinations, medical conditions, behavioral problems, and your veterinarian’s contact information.
  • Medication stored in a waterproof container, along with a first aid kit.
  • A current photo of your pet and a copy of the microchip number.
As part of our community, our team is always ready to assist you with any questions or provide copies of your pet’s records. We are dedicated to ensuring you and your pets are well-prepared for emergencies.

Advanced planning is not just a recommendation but a crucial step in safeguarding your pets during emergencies. Your commitment to preparedness aligns with our mission at our hospital – ensuring the health and safety of your cherished companions.