How to Prepare an Emergency Kit for Your Pets

This is a guest post by Jody Cowan of Mom ‘n Daughter Savings, a lifestyle blog dedicated to reviews, giveaways, recipes, and other fun tidbits.

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We have seen our share and then some of harsh and even catastrophic weather this year. Way too many people have lost their homes, everything they owned, and even their lives in the battle against Mother Nature’s wrath, and while it is necessary to mourn what has been lost by the strongest storms we have experienced in recent history, it is just as necessary to learn from it and move forward with our lives cautiously and well-prepared.

If you have pets, it is just as important to make sure that they are prepared for bath weather in case of any necessary evacuations as the rest of your family. In case of a weather emergency, your pets need to have a grab-and-go kit ready.

A lot of shelters do not allow animals, so you need to plan ahead. You could stay in a hotel, but they tend to fill up fast when a storm is approaching. However, you could research ahead of time and make a list of hotels to call in case you need to relocate and make sure that your pet can accompany you. You could also opt to stay with a friend that lives far enough away from the danger lurking in the weather.

In case of an emergency, here is a list of suggested items to have packed for your pet:

  • A collar with ID tag that includes your phone number (with area code) and vaccination tags
  • Leash
  • Carrier or crate large enough for your pet to be able to stand up and turn around
  • Gallons or bottles of sealed water
  • 2-week supply of food stored in a waterproof container
  • Food dishes
  • Heartworm medication or any other medications your pet may be on or need to take, even infrequently, just in case
  • Towels
  • Your pet’s favorite toys
  • Treats
  • Litter, for cats
  • First Aid Kit
  • Plastic bags, newspapers, etc. for animal waste cleanup
  • Pet bed or favorite blanket(s)

These are just my ideas for an emergency kit for your pet. Yours could include anything your pet may need for survival as well as comfort. Comfort is a big deal with animals, and maybe even more important during times of stress, such as during emergency evacuations. If you’re unsure about what else you can add to your pet’s emergency kit, consult your veterinarian.

Tips in this article are intended as suggestions only. I am not a veterinarian, I just have several pets.

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7 thoughts on “How to Prepare an Emergency Kit for Your Pets

  1. Those are great tips…. I really need to do this. I have the sticker on the door to let firemen know how many pets there are in the event of a faire, but we are having more and more tornadoes around here, so I need to prepare for that as well….

  2. What a great reminder as we go into hurricane season. That’s a thorough list; for those with little space, I’d recommend collapsible pet bowls for travel.

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