Pet Care Info » Emergency Preparedness
No one is ever ready to deal with an emergency or natural disaster. Following these instructions will help reduce your pets' stress and keep them as comfortable as possible.
Keep an Evacuation-Pack and supplies handy for your pets. Make sure that everyone in the family knows where it is.
Emergency Supplies and Kits
This kit should be clearly labeled and easy to carry. Items to consider keeping in your pack include:
- Pet first-aid kit and guide book (ask your vet what to include.)
- 3-7 days' worth of canned (pop-top) or dry food (be sure to rotate every two months)
- Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are perfect)
- Litter or paper toweling
- Liquid dish soap and disinfectant
- Disposable garbage bags for clean-up
- Pet feeding dishes
- Photocopies of medical records and a waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires (Remember, food and medications need to be rotated out of your emergency kit-otherwise they may go bad or become expired.)
- Bottled water, at least 7 days' worth for each pet (store in a cool, dry place.)
- A traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier, ideally one for each pet
- Blanket (for scooping up a fearful pet)
- Recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated and need to make "Lost" posters)
- Especially for cats: Pillowcase, toys, and scoopable litter
- Especially for dogs: Long leash, harness, toys and chew toys, and a week's worth of cage liner.