The possibly imminent eruption of Mount Agung in Karangasem regency has created thousands of refugees and it is remarkable how Bali’s residents have all pulled together in solidarity for locals affected by this geological event. In addition to the humanitarian effort, Bali’s main animal welfare groups have been working flat out to rescue and feed animals that were abandoned by their owners during the evacuation. Bali is exceptionally lucky to have the amazing folks from Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA), Bali Adoption Rehabilitation Centre (BARC), Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN), Bali Rumah Singgah Satwa (BRSS) and others helping our four-legged friends who have been left behind. They are in urgent need of donations especially dog & cat food, if any readers would like to donate a bag it can be dropped at Sunset Vet Kuta or Sunset Vet Ubud who will make sure it gets to the animals in need.

For those of us thinking how to best prepare ourselves for future natural disasters, there are some things to consider with regard to your pet.



Make sure your pet is up to date with his/her vaccinations. Your veterinarian usually informs you when the annual booster is due, but this is not guaranteed to happen. Rabies vaccination is essential in addition to the standard multi-vaccine.



Make sure your pet can be identified in the event that you are separated. A microchip or tattoo are important forms of identification but this should optimally be combined with a collar tag of some sort featuring your phone number (engraved tags in multiple colors available from Sunset Vet!), as not all rescue personnel will be equipped with microchip scanners or quick access to tattoo/microchip databases. Likewise if a member of the public comes across an animal with a collar tag on they are more inclined to attempt to trace its owner.


Recent photo

It is a good idea to have a recent photograph of your pet(s) in a safe place so that if the worst did happen and you were separated, you have the materials to hand to immediately make posters etc. Make a note of any distinguishing marks or features on your pet so you can provide a more accurate description.



Have at least a 2 weeks supply of pet food (and water) stored at all times. Store dry food in watertight containers, and if you store canned food do not forget to store a can opener nearby! A few treats should also be stored if possible to provide them with some comfort.



Always keep a back-up supply of your pets medications. Your veterinarian will likely be closed for business during a disaster so your pet has a serious medical condition, you may not be able to obtain those crucial tablets for a few weeks.



Make sure you possess a secure pet carrier for small dogs, cats, rabbits and small mammals. Use the carrier at home before disaster strikes, so your animal is used to it. Larger dogs must have a secure leash or harness. In a panic, your pet may try to escape so secure transport is essential. If your dog rides with you in your car, keep a leash in the car so your dog can be safely controlled if you have to leave your vehicle.


Identifying a pet shelter

For public health and safety reasons, most emergency shelters do not accept pets. In case disaster strikes a small area that just happens to include your home, make sure you have numbers handy of hotels and motels in your area that accept pets. In the event of a wider area being affected, or a mass evacuation, you will need to contact your local emergency management office, animal shelter or animal control office.     Remember, pet shelters may only accept your pets if you can provide proof of vaccination so keep your vaccination card somewhere safe.


Start a buddy system with a friendly neighbor

Arrange to check on each others pets in the event of you not being home when disaster strikes. You will need to provide them with a key to your home. Brief your buddy on any medications necessary, discuss mutual evacuation plans and agree to care for one another’s pets in your/their absence. Inform your veterinarian of this arrangement and have your buddys number put in your file at the vets just in case.


Pet survival kit

Consider packing a pet survival kit to have available if disaster strikes. The kit should be assembled in an easy to carry, waterproof container and stored in a cool, dry area. Food and medications will need to be replaced from time to time in accordance with their use-by dates. Some medications may need to be refrigerated.


Suggested components of Pet Survival Kit:

2 week supply of food (dry and canned)

Can opener, spoon

2 week supply of water in sealed plastic bottles

Food & water bowls

Secure pet carrier for each pet, labelled with your contact information

Copy of medical history, including vaccination record

List of emergency contact telephone numbers

Emergency First Aid kit (see below)



Batteries (radio, flashlight)


Instructions (notification of allergies, medications, veterinarian details)


Comfort items (toys, blankets, treats)

Spare collar, leash, harness

Cat litter, tray, pooper scooper

Paper towels

Trash bags for waste disposal

Maps of local area

Recent photo of each pet


Pet first aid kit

Your local vet clinic may well be closed due to the disaster. In fact, if the whole region is affected you might not have access to any veterinary care for a while as relief teams will prioritise human casualties. This is when having your own pet first aid kit can keep you one step ahead.


Suggested components of Pet First Aid Kit:

Oral rehydration powder (for reconstitution with water)

Antidiarrheal tablets/liquid

Activated charcoal (in case of poisoning)

Medications specific to your pet

Routine preventative medications (e.g. heartworm, fleas, ticks)

Antiseptic scrub (Betadine, Nolvasan, Hibiscrub)

Saline solution (for rinsing wounds)

Sterile eye rinse

Antibiotic eye ointment

Antibiotic ointment for wounds

Hydrogen peroxide

Styptic powder (clotting agent)

Alcohol wipes/prep pads

Gauze pads and rolls

Latex gloves

Ice cream sticks (can be used to splint fractured bones)

Elastic bandage rolls

Cotton bandage rolls

Cotton wool

Non-adherent bandage pads

Bandaging tape

Scissors, tweezers



Towel and washcloth



Sunset Vet offers veterinary services via their Kuta (24hr) and Ubud (8am-10pm) clinics. For further information or to make an appointment call them on 03619348915 (Kuta) or 0361975296 (Ubud), or visit www.sunsetvetbali.com or www.facebook.com/sunsetvetbali or Instagram:  sunset_vet_bali


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