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Animal Care in Emergencies

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Preparing for an EmergencyCreating an emergency plan that includes your pets is a safe and effective way of ensuring you will be ready when an emergency strikes. Don’t leave your pets behind!

  • Familiarize yourself with each type of disaster that could affect your area.
  • Identify other sources for food and water.
  • Keep all vehicles well maintained and full of fuel, in case of evacuation.
  • Have cash on hand, in case of an emergency.
  • Have a back-up generator for food/animal production operations.
  • Place stickers on doors to notify first responders that there are pets and/or farm animals on the premises.
  • Know that evacuation/reception centres may or may not be equipped to accommodate animals.

Your emergency plan should include: 

  • Primary and alternative meeting point away from your home;
  • An evacuation plan;
  • List of contact numbers, including your pet’s veterinarian;
  • Prior arrangements made with family and friends to take care of your animal.

If evacuation is necessary:

  • A list of “pet-friendly” hotels and motels with phone numbers included;
  • A back-up plan if you cannot take care of your animals;
  • A family 72-hour emergency kit, including pet supplies.

Emergency Kit – Pets Checklist

  • What you should include in a transportable bag or duffel bag:
  • Minimum 3-day supply of bottled water and sealed pet food;
  • Portable water and food bowls;
  • Paper towels and can openers;
  • Medication and veterinarian contact information;
  • Leash and/or harness, or muzzle if appropriate;
  • Blanket and favourite toy;
  • Plastic bags;
  • Up-to-date ID tag and a current photo of animal, in case they get lost or separated from you, the owner;
  • Copy of license (if required);
  • Litter pan, litter, and scooper;
  • Pet carrier for transportation;
  • Pet first aid kit;
  • Information on pet’s feeding schedule, behavioural/medical concerns and any other special instructions in case you have to take your pet to a shelter or kennel;
  • List of shelters, hotels and motels that allow pets;
  • Heat source for exotic animals.
  • Check the kit twice a year to ensure freshness of food and water, and to restock any supplies you have used.
  • For quick and easy access during an emergency, keep your emergency kits close to the front door of your home.

Emergency Kit – Livestock Checklist

Talk to your veterinarian when developing your emergency kit to ensure you have all the supplies you may need to care for your animals.

  • 3-7 day supply of food and water;
  • Blindfolds (towel, bandana);
  • Batteries (flashlight, radio);
  • Blankets;
  • Copies of important records and proof of ownership;
  • Emergency contact list;
  • Gloves;
  • Tools for maintaining and cleaning hooves;
  • Record instructions for proper feeding routines and any medicines that may need to be administered;
  • Map of local area and evacuation site;
  • Halters and leads or rope with ID attached;
  • Paper towels;
  • Bags and supplies for clean up;
  • Water buckets;
  • Wire cutters;
  • Antibiotics;
  • Animal first aid kit.

Biosecurity Basics - Livestock

  • Use signage, barriers, sanitation, and clothing practices to prevent disease.
  • Contact the veterinarian to help detect and control disease risk to animals.
  • Know the health of new stock; isolate new and sick animals.
  • Obey all import procedures for animals and agricultural products. 

For more information

Manager, Emergency Preparedness
50 King Street, London, ON., N6A 5L7
Tel: 519-663-5317 x2371 Fax: 519-663-9413

Date of creation: November 23, 2012
Last modified on: February 11, 2013