National Pet Preparedness Month

Here at Vineyard Veterinary Hospital, we like to observe the pet holidays, and spotlight the causes and concerns they represent. June is National Pet Preparedness Month. We certainly have had our fill of disasters lately. While we hope that we don’t have to face any emergencies in our area, it’s always best to be prepared. A Murrieta, CA vet offers preparation tips for pet owners in this article.

First-Aid Kit

If you don’t have a pet first-aid kit, we recommend getting one. It’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. Start with a regular first-aid kit, and add some things that are specific to pets. You may want to include things like nonstick gauze, tick poppers, hydrogen peroxide, styptic powder, blunt-end scissors, a muzzle (for dogs), and splints.

Overnight Bag

You can buy pet travel bags, but a backpack or duffel bag will work just fine. Put the first-aid kit in, and then add things like blankets, toys, collapsible dishes, a leash and collar, towels, pet wipes, treats, and waste baggies. If your pet takes medication, include about a week’s worth.


If you have to evacuate, you may need to go to an emergency shelter. There are pet-friendly ones, but they will likely require proof that your pet is current on their parasite control and vaccinations. We recommend keeping copies of your pet’s paperwork in the bag. Smartphone users should also take photos of them, so you have them in your gallery. It’s also a good idea to print out a list of pet-friendly shelters and hotels, some pet first-aid brochures, and the contact information for your vet and the nearest emergency clinic.


Identification may become absolutely crucial in an emergency situation. Make sure that your pet is microchipped! You’ll also need to confirm that your information is correct in the chipmaker’s database. (Tip: try using the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool here to check.) Proper ID tags are also important. Put ID on carriers as well.


Have your pet’s carrier ready to go, in a spot that is easy to access. You may find it easier to keep your furry friend’s emergency bag with the carrier, so everything is in one spot. Now that’s being prepared!

Please contact us, your Murrieta, CA vet clinic, anytime. We are dedicated to providing great veterinary care.

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