How to Keep Your Pets Safe During an Earthquake

Did you know that some people believe that dogs, cats, and other pets can actually sense earthquakes before they occur? Known as Seismic Escape Response, this phenomenon is believed to be connected with an animal’s ability to hear high-frequency sounds, like those of rocks moving below the ground. Even if your beloved pet can predict an earthquake, it’s always good to be prepared.

If Seattle were to experience another earthquake similar to the one earlier this month, would you be ready? Unlike thunderstorms or tornadoes, earthquakes are the most unpredictable natural disaster we can face, which is why it’s more important than ever to understand how to keep you and your pets safe during such a scary time. In today’s post, we’ve outlined some essential earthquake safety tips so you can be prepared in the event that another earthquake strikes.

Staying safe during an earthquake

No matter if you are outside on a walk with your dog, or inside taking care of your cat, the first thing every pet owner should do during an earthquake is to keep yourself safe. When the ground begins to shake, drop, cover and hold on. When frightened, any animal will claw, bite or scratch, so never try to restrain or hold your pet during an earthquake. Find a safe location, drop your head and protect your head and neck with your arms, and try to hold on to something sturdy.

During emergencies, an animal’s natural instinct to stay safe will kick in, which is why pets will often flee to find a safe place to hide when danger is near. If you and your pet were outside during the earthquake, try to keep a watchful eye on the direction your pet ran to, but remember to keep yourself safe and out of harm’s way. Trust that your animal will know how to find safety whether they are inside your home or outside on a leash. If your pet is confined to a crate or carrier when an earthquake begins, leave them there as they’ll be much safer in a confined space than out and exposed to falling debris

Once the shaking stops, you’ll be safe to reunite with your pet. Don’t be surprised if they don’t want to come out of their hiding place, or if they are a bit apprehensive to eat or be held. Understand that they may be frightened and be sure to give them plenty of love and attention when they are ready for you.

Lastly, always remember to have your pets microchipped and your contact information up to date, so in the event that they escape during an earthquake, you can quickly be reunited. Always be sure that your pet’s collar is fitted and can’t slip off easily in case they struggle to get away. By having a collar, contact information, and microchip, you’re much more likely to find and be reunited with your pet after an earthquake or other natural disaster. By taking the time to prepare now, you are one step closer to safety for you and your pet during the next unlikely natural emergency.

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