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Emergency Disaster Kit Checklist: Pack These Items to Keep Your Pet Safe


Emergency situations are an inevitable yet unforeseeable part of life. Although you can rarely anticipate them until it’s too late, you can certainly prepare well in advance to alleviate the situation as much as possible. Disaster situations can immediately put you into flight mode, so you should consider both your pet’s and your own needs beforehand to stay as safe and comfortable as possible. 


This comprehensive checklist of supplies will help guide you through all the preparations you should take before an emergency disaster arises:


Food and water for at least five days for each pet, bowls, and a manual can-opener if you’re packing canned food. Keep extra water on hand to rinse your pet if he’s been exposed to chemicals or flood waters or for spot cleaning.


According to Vet Street, the amount of drinking water your pet needs depends on his size, but a rule of thumb is 8.5 to 17 ounces per 10 pounds per day (use your discretion).


Emergency first aid kit including any medications your pet may need and medical records stored in a waterproof container. Prepared kits can be purchased from sites such as 1-800-PetMeds, but compiling your own lets you know exactly what’s inside. Kits should include:


o Adhesive tape

o Antiseptic wipes, lotion, powder, or spray

o Cotton balls or swabs

o Foil emergency blanket

o Gauze rolls/pads

o Hydrogen peroxide 

o Ice pack

o Muzzle or strips of cloth 

o Non-latex disposable gloves

o Pet carrier

o Pet first-aid manual

o Petroleum jelly

o Phone numbers: your veterinarian, the nearest emergency veterinary clinic, and a poison-control center or hotline

o Proof of rabies vaccination, copies of other important medical records, and a current photo of your pet in case he gets lost

o Rectal thermometer

o Self-cling bandage

o Sterile saline solution

o Tweezers

Waste disposal items to collect all your pets' waste, such as waste bags, a litter box, litter, scoop, and garbage bags. Aluminum roasting pans work great as disposable litter boxes.


Sturdy leashes , harnesses, and carriers to safely contain your pet so he can't escape. Always make sure that your cat or dog is wearing a collar and identification tags. 


The ASPCA recommends getting your pet microchipped as an even better option for permanent identification.  


Rescue alert stickers that let people know how many pets are inside your home. Place them on or near your front and back doors and write the name and number of your vet on it. If you evacuate with your pet, write “evacuated” across the sticker.


Arrange a safe haven for your pets in case you need to evacuate. DO NOT leave them behind—they may become trapped or exposed to life-threatening conditions. Check with local shelters and vets for emergency housing information, or look into nearby lodging that allows pets so you may bring your pet with you.


Choose a caregiver who lives nearby and has easy access to your home in case you’re elsewhere during an emergency. Give a set of keys to this trusted person.








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