How to Put Together an Emergency Kit for Your Dog
Have you ever had to evacuate with your pet before, because of some disaster? Were you prepared or did you have to grab and run? If that was the case, lesson learned. Let us get you started on an emergency kit for your pet and a plan in place should disaster come, you will be prepared as much as you can.
Be Familiar with Your Regions Possible Natural Disasters
What is your region more prone to? Mine is prone to fires, flooding, and the occasional earthquake. My area is more prone to wildfires in particularly dry seasons and when the winds kick up, or when the occasional “knucklehead” purposely starts the fire.
So, that is a good place to start for preparation. What is the most common for your area?
From that understanding, you want to know the fastest and safest evacuation route. You can begin planning from there for both you and your dog.
You will need to have a list of places you and your fur buddy can go together. You will need to know what your Plan B is if your local Red Cross shelter does not accommodate people and their pets. You may want to check ahead with your local Vet’s office, hotels that take pets, dog boarding facilities, close by animal shelters and or perhaps a trusted relative or friend’s house. Have a list of places already put together, so you are not panicking trying to make calls amid the emergency.
Be sure to have all your dog’s medical records at hand. You may want to make copies to have with you also.
God forbid that you are not with your dog at the time of disaster. In cases like this make a sign that you can keep on your door letting people know there is a pet inside. Also, prepare, before leaving for work, for your pet to be as comfortable and safe as possible, with enough available water on hand in case you are not able to make it back quickly.
In case you are at work or not at home when disaster hits, ask a trusted neighbor if they would be willing to check in on your pet if you are away unexpectedly longer than planned. It would be good to add them to your Emergency Phone List, so others will know to check with them as well.
You might ask them if they would not mind if you added them to your emergency medical care list for your dog in case you are not available. If your dog is micro-chipped, you will want to add them to that emergency phone list as well.
You want to make sure your trusted neighbor will know where to find your dog’s emergency kit as well.
Things to Put in the Kit
- Dog Food, prepare separate baggies each day, 5 days’ supply.
- Blankets, perhaps 2
- Light Sticks, 12 hrs.
- Bowls for water and food
- Chew Sticks
- Tennis Ball
- Leash Collar
- First Aid Kit with bandages, peroxide, first aid cream, gauzes etc.
- Water, 12 packets
- Rope, 50 ft.
- Pet’s information-medical, shots, prescriptions, include a photo of your dog.
- Poop Bags
- Can Opener
- Blood coagulator
- Waterproof container
Update your Kit Every 6 Months
Once you have your plan altogether and contained, put the date you prepared it on the side. You want to check it every 6 months or so and update the food and water. If any of your emergency contacts have changed, or medical information, be sure to update that information also.
This might have been hard for you to think about and prepare for. But now that you have it done, you can rest a little sounder. In hopes, that should something happen, you and your dog are together, and you are better prepared.