Preparing Your Pet for Emergencies
In the event of an emergency, it is important to have a plan in place to protect your pets. Below are some helpful tips for creating a plan and ensuring that you and your pet are prepared for the unexpected.
First, identify a caregiver for your pet in the event you are unable to provide for your pet.
It is important to identify at least one potential caregiver that will agree to act as a foster for your pet in your absence. Whether you need to leave your home due to a natural disaster or you’re ill and in the hospital, make sure you have a plan of action for any given scenario.
Next, prepare a pet supply kit.
You’re going to want to have the proper supplies and information in place in advance. Your kit should include the following:
- Photocopied veterinary records
- Rabies certificate
- Medical summary
- Prescriptions for medications
- Most recent heartworm test result (dogs)
- Most recent FeLV/FIV test result (cats)
- Photocopied registration information (ex: proof of ownership or adoption records)
- Pet description(s) (ex: breed, sex, color, weight)
- Recent photographs of each of your pets
- Waterproof container for documents
- Microchip information (ex: microchip number, name and number of the microchip company)
- Your contact information (phone numbers and addresses for your family and friends or relatives you may be staying with)
Water, Food, Medications:
- 2-week supply of food for each animal stored in waterproof containers
- 2-week supply of water for each animal
- Non-spill food and water dishes
- Manual can opener
- Feeding instructions for each animal
- 2-week supply of any medications (if applicable)
- Medication instructions (if applicable)
- 1-month supply of flea, tick, and heart worm preventative
- Leash, collar with ID, and harness
- Litter and litterbox (cats)
- Appropriate-sized pet carrier with bedding, blanket, or towel
- Anything else that might help your pet feel more comfortable
- Pet first aid book and first aid kit
- Cleaning supplies for accidents (paper towels, plastic bags, disinfectant)