Your number one priority as a pet owner is safety, no matter what season it is. In honor of National Pet Preparedness Month, we’re providing pet owners with a resourceful guide for protecting pets in a disaster. Whether you are a seasoned pet owner or new to pet ownership, the unpredictability of natural disasters can occur at any time. So, with summer travel in full swing, preparation is key to keep your furry friends safe, healthy, and happy. We sat down with Trupanion veterinary technician, Aubrey Halvorsen, to learn more about protecting your pets and best practices for pet safety during an emergency.
Protecting pets in a disaster: what you need to know
Have an emergency plan
Create an emergency plan with your pet in mind. When you are traveling with pets, you always want to make sure you have extra pet care items in case something unexpected comes up. Also, be sure to look up local veterinary clinics in the area you plan on visiting in case a veterinary visit is needed.
Prepare a pet emergency bag
Just as you would have an emergency bag for yourself, a pet emergency bag is an essential item to keep with you during the summer travel season.
Halvorsen weighs in on the essential pet care items to include:
In addition, if you are traveling with multiple pets make sure each one has its own emergency bag so you don’t run the risk of running out of supplies. Further, a pet first aid kit is also useful, especially if you are planning to hike or camp during your summer vacation.
Have a back-up plan
Travel plans can change due to inclement weather, so it’s always best to have a back-up plan when traveling with pets. Because of this, safety is a top priority. “During natural disaster season, I would wait until it is safe to travel,” states Halvorsen. Naturally, you wouldn’t want to risk the health and safety of your pets. Further, consider adding emergency pet apps to your mobile devices, so you can be alerted of inclement weather in your area.
Protecting pets in a disaster: a guide for all seasons
Whether you are traveling or on vacation this summer, preparation is key to protecting pets in a disaster. By having pet travel safety tips and packing the essential pet emergency items, you’re ready to hit the road with your furry friends.
is a digital content writer and editor for Trupanion. She spends her workday writing for the Trupanion blog. She loves writing about pets, being inspired by pets, and luckily gets to hang out with her rescue dogs all day long. In her free time, she enjoys exploring and traveling with her family. Her work has been featured on the DOGTV blog, KitNipBox blog, Get Your Pet blog, Fansided, among many others.