As a pet owner, it is important to consider how you will care for your pet in the event of a natural disaster, emergency evacuation, extended power outage, etc.
Compiling an emergency preparedness kit for your pet will give you peace of mind, and could save your pet’s life in an emergency.
Suggested supplies to include in your kit:
- 5 to 7 day supply of dry food stored in an airtight, waterproof container
- 7 day supply of water
- Prescription medications
- Veterinary records including the name and phone number of your veterinarian
- First Aid supplies
- Sturdy cage or crate
- Extra leash & collar for security and safety
- Yard stake with rope or long leash
- Unbreakable water and food bowls
- Waste clean up bags and paper toweling
- Current photo and written description of your pet including special markings
- Current rabies and license number
- Current picture of you and your pet to prove ownership
Most of these items can be stashed in a clearly labeled plastic storage tote, stored in an easily accessible location. Remember to periodically freshen supplies and always update important medical information.
Do not underestimate the importance of having your pet with a microchip. In an emergency situation you and your pet could easily become separated. Most shelters and veterinary offices scan lost animals for a microchip as soon as they arrive.