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Pet Kit

    Pet preparedness

    Get a Kit of pet emergency supplies. You can search the web for pre-made kits or do it yourself:

    • Food: Keep three to seven days of dry food in an airtight, waterproof container or have pop-top canned food with a feeding dish.
    • Water: Store at least three days of water specifically for your pets, in addition to water you need for yourself and your family. Store a water bowl too. 
    • Medicines and medical records: Keep an extra supply of medicines your pet takes on a regular basis in a waterproof container. 
    • Collar with ID tag, harness or leash: Your pet should wear a collar with its rabies tag and identification at all times. Include a backup leash, collar and ID tag in your pet’s emergency supply kit.
    • First aid kit: Talk to your veterinarian about what is most appropriate for your pet’s emergency 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. Include a pet first aid reference book.
    • Important documents: Place copies of your pet’s registration information, adoption papers, vaccination documents and medical records in a clean plastic bag or waterproof container and also add them to your kit.
    • Crate or other pet carrier: If you need to evacuate in an emergency situation take your pets and animals with you, provided that it is practical to do so.
    • Sanitation: Include pet litter and disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are inexpensive), newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach to provide for your pet’s sanitation needs. Liquid dish soap and bleach as a disinfectant (dilute nine parts water to one part bleach). Disposable garbage bags for cleanup.
    • A picture of you and your pet together: 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.
    • Familiar items: Put favorite toys, treats or bedding in your kit. Familiar items can help reduce stress for your pet.

    Tip! Consider two kits. In one, put everything your pets will need to stay where you are and make it on your own. The other should be a lightweight, smaller version you can take with you if you and your pets have to get away.

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