National Pet Preparedness Month

Friday, June 22, 2012

So June is National Pet Preparedness Month.  

People often think about how they'll prepare for disasters, but often times forget to factor their pets into that equation.  To me, and several other pet owners I know, pets are family; I believe it's just as important to prepare for emergency where your pets are concerned as well.

Our current pet preparedness kit is pretty much a plastic grocery bag at the moment, still all put together from when we were going to move to Florida.  I always take it with us when we travel.  When we move again, I intend to get things a lot more organized.

Here are some things you may want to consider for your kit:

-Feeding Supplies
     -Food.  I would pack at least two days worth.  I have some in a gallon bag at the moment, because it's good for traveling.  Buying a small bag of food for the kit might not be a bad idea (or several cans, if you go the canned route).

     -Water.  At least a gallon or several bottles.  Dogs drink a lot of water, and you never know how much will be available in a crisis.

     -Food and water bowls.  For the aforementioned food and water.

-Records and Information
     -Immunization records (as well as any other vet records).  Archie's records are all kept in a nice little folder they gave us when we adopted him, and I just keep that in our kit.  Copies would work too if you keep the actual records somewhere else.

     -A picture of your pet, in case you're separated (and maybe a picture of the two of you, just to prove that your pet is, in fact, yours).

     -Phone numbers for your vet, groomer, kennel, pet-friendly hotels, etc.

     -If your pet is microchipped, which I highly recommend, I'd include your pet's microchip number as well (and make sure your information is all up to date!)

     -A first aid kit

     -Your pet's medications

     -A leash and extra collar 

     -A pet carrier (if your pet is small enough to carry)

     -At least one toy -- pets will need comfort in an emergency just as much as you will

     -Poo bags.  It's true that in an emergency, picking up your dog's crap is probably the last thing you're thinking about, but in many places, it is still the law, and other people don't want to walk in it.

     -In that same vein, if your dog uses puppy pads, you should probably bring a few of those along as well.

Do you have any more suggestions?

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  1. I Cannot like this post enough. Disaster preparedness and emergency relief is one of my passions.

    I would highly recommend preparing food for a week as many real disasters can leave you in lurch for longer then 2 days and that is when food is most critical. Here is a great link to an ASPCA article with more very helpful advice.



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