Earthquake Preparation Tips for Your Pet

When you are located in an earthquake belt and have experienced a few earthquakes, it is important that your pet be identified properly. Keep in mind that this is important especially in a time of natural disasters such as earthquakes when pets can run away due to fright. Be sure that your pet has a tag and a collar. There are also other identification methods you might be interested in and even inside your house, it is recommended that your pet has an ID.

First Aid Kits

If you have a kit containing first aid supplies, check to see what might be available for pet treatment in case of injuries. You might want to find a reference guide for pets or ask your vet about what medication your pet will need for emergencies.  Remember that at the time of the earthquake or other natural disaster, your vet may not be available immediately so preparing in advance is essential.


Pets tend to hide immediately when they are scared. Knowing where they go when they are afraid will help when an earthquake happens and you don’t know where they are. Have their favourite food or treat ready for coaxing them out. Trained dogs will usually follow your command, so training is something you might want to consider.


When your pet happens to need medication, ensure that you have an extra on hand supply that is ready to take as necessary. Blankets can also be useful for pet bedding if you are forced to relocate on an emergency.

Keep Calm

So pets won’t run away and bolt, keep pets calm. Keep harnesses and leashes handy. Owners of cats need to have a carrier ready-to-go just in case. Remember that the hard plastic, large types are more durable compared to the cardboard types. Also, the larger types made of durable plastic are also great for protecting your pet from debris that falls from structures that are damaged. Have canned or dry food ready along with bottled water. These should be ready in a bag that you can just grab on-the-go. If you happen to get the canned food that does not pop open, have a can opener ready. In your car and house, it is advisable for you to have a one-week supply.


It is inevitable that an aftershock will occur, so keeping yourself calm at the time that these occur will help your calm remain calm as well. 

Mark Perry is a dedicated veterinarian for Canada Vet with over 20 years experience. A farm boy born and breed, Dr Perry loves all animals but he has a special place in his heart for working animals, particularly working dogs and horses.