Get a Pet Emergency Supply Kit.
Just as you do with your family’s emergency supply kit, think
first about the basics for survival, particularly food and water. Consider
two kits. In one, put everything you and your pets will need to stay where
you are. The other should be a lightweight, smaller version you can take
with you if you and your pets have to get away. Plus, be sure to review
your kits regularly to ensure that their contents, especially foods and
medicines, are fresh.
Keep at least three days of food in an airtight,
Store at least three days of water specifically for your pets
in addition to water you need for yourself and your family.
Medicines and medical records.
Keep an extra supply
of medicines your pet takes on a regular basis in a waterproof
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.
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. In addition,
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. You should also
consider talking with your veterinarian about permanent identification
such as microchipping, and enrolling your pet in a recovery database.
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. In many cases, your ability to do so
will be aided by having a sturdy, safe, comfortable crate or carrier
ready for transporting your pet. The carrier should be large enough
for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down.
Include pet litter and litter box if appropriate, newspapers,
paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach to
provide for your pet’s sanitation needs. You can
bleach as a disinfectant (dilute nine parts water
to one part bleach), or in an emergency you
can also use it to purify water. Use 16 drops
of regular household liquid bleach per
gallon of water. Do not use scented or
color safe bleaches, or those
with added cleaners.
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