VCA Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle
By VCA Animal Hospitals
Published: November 02, 2012

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When disaster strikes the United States, pet owners must be prepared to handle emergency situations and to evacuate with their pets.

If you are instructed to leave your home during a disaster, ALWAYS take your pets with you. If it’s not safe for you�"it’s not safe for your pet. Also, you never know when you will be able to return to your home.

Finding a Safe Place to Go

During a crisis, local public disaster shelters and hotels may (or may not) allow pets. If possible, call ahead so you know if you must make other arrangements to avoid you and your pet being stranded in the face of an emergency.

As disaster approaches, bring all pets into the house so you won’t have to search for them if you need to leave quickly. Make sure all pets are wearing collars and have updated identification tags.

Have an Evacuation Kit Ready to Go

Keep your contents ready in an easy-to-carry, water-proof container so your pets will have all the comforts of home during this stressful time. Make sure to include:

  • A first aid kit. Include scissors, flea comb, tweezers, pliers, hemostats, magnifying glass, nail clippers, Tourniquet, cotton balls and swabs, bandage material and tape, eye dropper, oral syringe, thermometer, lubricating jelly, disposable gloves, splints, emergency ice and heat packs, and liquid dish soap.
  • Useful medications include activated charcoal, alcohol, betadine, eye rinse, triple antibiotic ointment, eye ointment, hydrogen peroxide, Benadryl, cortisone ointment, sterile saline, antidiarrheal liquid or tablets and ear cleaning solution. Always include any prescription medications your pet may be taking.
  • One week supply of food and water with non-spill dishes, utensils and a manual can opener.
  • Cages or carriers for each pet.
  • Bedding and toys for each pet.
  • Litterpan, litter and scoop if you have cats.
  • Copy of veterinary records and proof of ownership. Include a picture of each pet.
  • Extra collars, leashes and ID tags for each pet.
  • Muzzles and restraints should be included as pets may become anxious or fractious during an emergency.
  • Emergency contact numbers, including relatives, veterinary clinic, animal shelters, pet-friendly motels and poison control center.
  • Instructions for each pet (in the event you are unable to care for your pet) including feeding and medication details.
  • A pre-signed medical treatment authorization to aid rescuers if your pet must be treated during your absence.
  • Miscellaneous items: trash bags, paper towels, flashlight, batteries, radio, maps should be included in every kit.


General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately 425-697-6106

VCA Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle is here for you and your pet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No matter what the time of day or night we have a veterinarian and vet techs here to answer your questions and provide you and your pet with care in an emergency situation. 

Our emergency service is designed to be an extension of the services provided by your primary care veterinarian. When your vet is not available, our doctors and nursing staff are here to provide the emergency care your pet needs. In addition to emergency services, we are able to provide intensive care for critically ill pets that have been referred by primary care veterinarians.

Many patients are treated as outpatients. Should your pet require ongoing care, we may recommend that you return to your primary care veterinarian when the day practice opens. For unstable patients in need of further evaluation, arrangements can be made for continued hospitalization and when needed, evaluation by one of our specialists.

Please click here to download a copy of our Pet Emergency Handbook