Natural disasters often catch families unprepared. A lot of importance is placed on making sure your family has a disaster plan and an emergency kit ready. Your disaster plan should address events like a house fire, to something widespread like a tornado, hurricane, or earthquake. It is important to take a moment and create an emergency kit specific to your pet. All too often after natural disasters there are many lost, injured and neglected family companions.
Pet Emergency – keeping your pets safeThe first step in your pet emergency plan is to try to move your pet to a safe area with you. If you have a small pet, be sure to have a pet carrier easily accessible. Storing it next to your other emergency items will ensure you don’t have to waste time looking for it. This way you can cart your pet with you. For smaller creatures like hamsters and birds, you can just grab their cage. It can be harder with large dogs though. If this is your type of pet, keep a leash with your emergency supplies. Assign an adult with the duty of locating and securing the family pet. Please note though, we do not in any way advocate putting yourself, or anyone in your family at risk to secure a pet. Pets are part of the family, but please remember that many animals have intuitive survival skills. When it comes down to it and you should never risk injury. Below are some great essentials for a pet emergency kit!
Pet Emergency Kit
- Picture of your pet in case the two of you become separated
- Pet first aid kit and book specific to your pet variety
- Seven days’ worth of dried or canned pet food and water
- Towels and/or blankets
- Extra leash & collar
- If your pet requires any type of medication, make sure there are extra in the kit
- Soap/Pet shampoo
- Pet Brush and grooming supplies
- Vaccination and ownership records, stored in a watertight bag
Do you have other ideas you’d like to share? Tell us about what you keep in your pet emergency kit!