You’re ready for an emergency, but is your pet?
When disaster happens the best way to keep your family safe is to be prepared. Being prepared doesn’t happen overnight. Slowly add necessary items over time to avoid overwhelming yourself or your budget. Use this checklist to build your pet emergency kit.
- Bottled water (at least 3 days’ worth). Plan for 4L/day for each dog; 1L/day for each cat.
- Canned (pop-top) or dry food in waterproof containers (at least 3 days’ worth).
- Food and water dishes.
- Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with ID tags.
- Consider getting your pet microchipped as a more permanent form of identification.
- Medication (at least 2 weeks’ worth with instructions if they differ from the prescription).
- Contact information for your veterinarian to phone to obtain veterinary records. This may be necessary if you need to board your pet.
- Crate or carrier lined with blankets or towels. Write your pet’s name and your contact information on a piece of duct tape and stick it on the outside of the crate in case you become separated from your pet.
- Extra harness or collar, as well as an extra leash.
- Pet first aid kit.
- Plastic garbage bags and paper towels.
- A recent photo of your pet in case you become separated.
- Chew toys
- Poop bags
- Muzzle (if required)
- Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are perfect)
- Catch net
- Salt lick
- Extra water bottle
- Small hide box/tube
- Bedding (1 week’s worth)
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