Flooding and Pets

Michigan Flood Ready


Floods can impact animal health as well as human health. Make plans for your pets in the event you will need to evacuate.


Before a Flood

  • Create an emergency supply kit for your pet:
    • Leash and collar
    • Transport carrier
    • Food and water (5-7 day supply)
    • Any medications
    • Vaccination history, rabies certificate
    • Waste disposal supplies
    • A blanket
    • Favorite toy
    • Your veterinarian’s contact information
    • Special supplies for pets such as birds, pocket pets or reptiles (e.g., heat lamps)
  • Make sure pets are current on all vaccinations.
  • Develop an evacuation plan for your pets.
    • For public health reasons, many evacuation shelters will not be able to accept pets.
    • Identify pet-friendly locations in case you need to evacuate. www.petswelcome.com is a good source.
    • Check with boarding facilities, pet-friendly hotels, veterinary clinics or relatives or family friends outside the impacted area.
  • Identification
    • All pets should have some sort of identification (e.g., collar with tag, microchip).
    • Take a photo of the pet and keep it with the medical records.
    • Include any proof of ownership materials (e.g., registration,  proof of purchase, adoption records, microchip information)

During a Flood

  • Bring your pets inside immediately.
  • AVOID leaving pets behind.
    • If there is no other alternative, leave them loose inside your home with food and plenty of water.
    • NEVER leave your pet chained outside or enclosed in a way they cannot escape danger.
    • Place a notice on the outside of your home with the location and type of pets inside, their names, your contact phone number and the name and number of your veterinarian.

After a Flood

  • Be aware that a pet’s behavior may change before, during and even after a disaster.
  • Familiar scents and landmarks may be altered and your pet may become confused and lost.
    • In the first few days after the disaster, leash your pets when they go outside.
    • Always maintain close contact.
    • Reintroduce food in small servings, gradually working up to full portions, especially if animals have been without food for a prolonged period of time.
  • Pets can be poisoned by exposure to harmful chemicals, products or foods.
    • If you suspect that your pet has been poisoned, call the Animal Poison Control Center toll-free 1-888-426-4435.

Source: www.Prep4AgThreats.org