Pets Need to “Be Ready!”, Too!
Preparing Your Pets for Emergencies Makes Sense!
1. Prepare – Get a Pet Emergency Supply Kit:
Food – Keep at least 3 days of food in an airtight, waterproof container.
Water – Store at least 3 days of water specifically for your pets, in addition to what you and your family will need.
Medicine and medical records – Keep an extra supply of medicines your pet takes on a regular basis in an airtight, waterproof container. Keep a copy of medical records and vaccination records in the container too.
First aid kit – Talk to our veterinarian about what is most appropriate for your pet’s emergency medical needs.
Collar with ID tag, harness or leash – Your pet should wear a collar with its rabies tag and ID at all times. A backup collar, leash and ID tag is also recommended.
Crate or other pet carrier – If you need to evacuate in an emergency, take your pets with you, if practical. The carrier should be large enough for you pet to stand, turn around and lie down. Of the shelters that allow pets, they will likely require all pets to be crated.
Sanitation – Include pet litter, litter box (if applicable), newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household unscented chlorine bleach to provide for your pet’s sanitation needs.
A picture of you and your pet together can help with identification and proof of ownership if you and your pet become separated.
Familiar items – Include some of your pet’s favorite toys, treats or bedding in your kit. Familiar items can help reduce stress for your pet.
2. Plan – What You Will Do in an Emergency.
Create a plan to get away.
Develop a buddy system. Someone that can check on or take care of your pet, should you not be able to.
Talk to your pet’s veterinarian about emergency planning.
Gather contact information for emergency animal treatment.
3. Stay Informed – Know what types of emergencies might impact you and your pets. Do you live in a flood-prone area? Can your pet get to safety if it needs to?