Emergencies come in many forms, and they may require anything from a brief absence from your home to permanent evacuation. Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep your pets safe. The best thing you can do for yourself and your pets is to be prepared.
When you prepare your own emergency kit, it is important to also include a kit for your pet. Here are six essentials needed to add to a pet emergency kit:
- First aid kit. Talk to your veterinarian about what should be included. Most pet kits have cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors, antibiotic ointment, flea and tick prevention, and rubbing alcohol.
- Identification. Your dog or cat should wear a collar with an ID at all times. Include important documents like registration, adoption, vaccination, or important medical records.
- A picture of you and your pet together. Most people tend to forget about this important factor. A picture will help identify your pet and document ownership should you become separated.
- Crate or carrier. Have a safe and comfortable crate or carrier to transport your pet.
- Familiar items. Include your pet’s favorite toys, treats or bedding.
- Sanitation. Have supplies to provide for your pet’s sanitation needs such as litter and litter box, newspapers, paper towels, and plastic trash bags.
Take the time now to get yourself and your pets ready for whatever emergency may come your way. For more information on how to prepare your pets for any disaster, visit The Humane Society.