When you plan for your pet's emergency supply kit, consider the basic supplies that are required to survive, particularly food and water. Your kit should be sturdy and portable so it can be easily accessed and carried in case you have to make a quick exit. Also, be sure to check your kit regularly to ensure that their contents haven't expired.
A basic pet emergency supply kit should include the following recommended items:
- Food - Keep enough food for at least three days in an airtight, waterproof container.
- Water - Store at least three days of water for your pet.
- Medications - Store any medications your pet needs in an airtight, waterproof container.
- First Aid Kit - Discuss with your veterinarian about what is appropriate for your pet’s specific medical needs. Most kits should include cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors; antibiotic ointment; flea and tick prevention; latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol and saline solution. Also, a pet first aid reference book may come in handy during an emergency.
- Collar Tags - Include a backup leash, collar and identification tag in your pet’s emergency supply kit. Ensure identification tags are up-to-date.
- Pet Documentation - Place copies of your pet’s registration information, adoption papers, proof of ownership, vaccination documents and medical records in a clean plastic bag or waterproof container.
- Pet Carrier - A sturdy, safe, comfortable pet carrier is essential for transporting your pet during an emergency. The pet carrier should be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down.
- Pet Sanitation - Include pet litter and litter box if appropriate, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach to provide for your pet’s sanitation needs.
- Pet Photo - If you become separated from your pet during an emergency, a picture of you and your pet together will help you document ownership and allow others to assist you in identifying your pet. Include detailed information about species, breed, age, sex, color and distinguishing characteristics.