In the event of an emergency do you have an emergency preparedness kit for yourself and for your pet? When disaster strikes, the same rules that apply to people apply to pets: Preparation now makes all the difference, and if it’s not safe for you, it’s not safe for them. Take some time now to make a plan and assemble an emergency kit for both yourself and your pet. Here are some of the survival gear items you will need to put into your pet survival kit: Paperwork
- Vaccine Records/Medical History Copies of important veterinary documents, such as vaccination records, medical history, medical conditions, records of important test results (FeLV/FIV) and list of any medications.
- Proof of Ownership/Animal Information Copies of registration information, adoption papers, proof of purchase, microchip, tattoo or other identification information.
- Veterinary Information Write down the name, address and phone number of your vet and an alternate vet. Write out a release statement, authorizing medical treatments for your pets. Write down your pet insurance policy number, if you have one.
- Pictures of your pets in case your pet gets lost or you get separated from your pet. Take several GOOD well-lit photos of your cat or dog at several angles. Upload high-res versions to an online photo-sharing site (Flickr, Facebook, etc). If your home computer is destroyed (or you’re barred from returning to your home for several days), you’ll still have a backup photo to give to shelters and put on flyers.
- Written information about your pets’ feeding schedules and behavior issues along with the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to board your pets or place them in foster care.
In an emergency situation it could be that you are stuck outside in the rain, or it could involve flooding…any number of situations could occur. You should protect your data from the elements and keep it as safe as possible.
Scan your paperwork and put it on a usb memory stick. Then put the memory stick into a waterproof case. CLICK HERE
Or a put the scanned paperwork on a waterproof data stick.CLICK HERE
These should already be on your pet’s collar or harness that they wear all the time. Make sure additional ID tags are put on any additional harnesses you put into your emergency kit so no matter which harness you pick up to use they already have ID tags on them. CLICK HERE
Make sure that your pet is wearing a collar and identification that is up to date and visible at all times. If your pet is adopted from a shelter or rescue organization, make sure the registration has been transferred to you and is not still with the adoption group. Put your cell phone number on your pet’s tag. It may also be a good idea to include the phone number of a friend or relative outside your immediate area—in case you have had to evacuate.
Keep an animal alert card in your wallet with your pet’s info in case something happens to you so that emergency responders can easily find the information and know there is a pet to take care of too.
You can download the pdf and print this out HERE You can also laminate the card to make it more durable.
Food and Water for Each Pet Pack a one to two week supply of the dry or canned food your pet usually eats for each pet. Also include a spoon, food dish and, if you use canned foods, a can opener. Record your pet’s eating habits (amount and times) as well as any allergies your pet may have and keep the record with the other paperwork in this kit. Store the food in a waterproof and protective bag or case. If it is canned food make sure you have a container with a sealed lid to keep the canned food in if not all of it is used at one time. Here are some cool stainless steel storage containers from the Container Store that can double as food and water dishes and whatever canned pet food is left over you can just snap on the lid to keep the food from spilling or getting contaminated with outside.
Or here’s a handy collapsible travel bowl that will save space: CLICK HERE
For dry pet food the Portable Pet Food Tote is a practical food and drink container for taking pet food on the go and is perfect for your pet emergency preparedness kit. It is compact and lightweight, and is made of food-grade, high-impact materials. Just pop off the handle and the food/water bowls slide off the ends of the food container. Unscrew the top of the food container to remove the water canteen, which also has a screw-on top. CLICK HERE
If you are bringing canned food make sure to pack a can opener for obvious reasons. You wouldn’t want to pack all of your pet’s food then have no way to get to open it and then have starving pets.
People need at least one gallon of water per person per day. While your pet may not need that much, keep an extra gallon on hand if your pet has been exposed to chemicals or flood waters and needs to be rinsed.
Pet Shampoo and Travel Towels
If your pet has been exposed to chemicals or flood waters and needs to be rinsed or shampooed make sure to have a natural chemical free shampoo for pets in their kit and a travel towel that you can dry them off that dries quickly and doesn’t take up a lot of space or weight. CLICK HERE
Travel towels absorb up to 8 times their weight in water, yet they wring out almost completely dry. They are soft, highly absorbent, quick drying and ultra light! You will want a separate one for your pets and yourself. You can find them at most travel and sporting goods stores. Here’s one from REI. CLICK HERE
Sturdy Leashes, Harnesses & Tie-Out Stakes & Cables
A tie-out stake with a cable is a necessary item in your pet emergency kit regardless of whether you have a cat or a dog. This will allow your pet to move around a little wherever you end up but not wander off or hide and end up getting separated from you. These are available at most any pet store.
Sturdy harnesses and leashes are also necessary regardless if you have cats or dogs. Fit your pet ahead of time…especially cats and make sure the harnesses and leashes are sturdy and well made so they won’t easily rip or tear and fall apart because the likelihood of your pet getting spooked and trying to bolt is pretty high and you need to make sure you don’t get separated from your pet or have to spend time you don’t have trying to find them if you have to leave in a hurry or take care of other survival business.
Here’s a lighted collar that is visible up to 1000 feet in the dark. This can help you see where your pet is in the dark making it easier for you and for emergency responders to find your pets which could be very helpful in an emergency situation.
LED Nylon Night Safety Dog Collar CLICK HERE
Weather and Element Protection In an emergency situation you might end up stranded outside in the cold instead of inside your warm cozy house. At night it could get quite cold and possibly wet too creating hypothermia concerns. Both you and your cats and dogs all need weather and element protection. If you have cats you can buy the raingear and coats sized for small dogs and it will work just fine. You should have gear for both warm and cold weather. So light rain ponchos and also warmer, heavier coats too to protect against night time temperature drops even if it’s summertime. Below are some of my picks for rain, weather and element protection gear that can be used for either cats or dogs even though all the pictures are of dogs.
Puddles Rain Coat CLICK HERE
Dog Rain Jacket CLICK HERE
Here’s a dog rain suit that even covers the feet. If you were to pair that with the coat below you would have total coverage. CLICK HERE
The Everest Explorer jacket is one of my top picks. It is a winter worthy cargo jacket that will not only provide warmth and element protection for your pet but can also double as a rain coat. It has a rugged waterproof shell, four functional cargo pockets secured with Velcro so your pets can carry some of their own supplies, has a fully removable hood (button snaps) and a leash / harness slit. CLICK HERE
This parka not only has a hood but also covers the front legs providing more warmth for your cat or dog. It also comes in black. CLICK HERE
Rubber dog paw boots are another great item to include in your pet survival kit. After a disaster there might be wreckage and broken glass and sharp objects covered in who knows what. Possibly chemicals, garbage, and questionable debris could all be things your pet could be walking on. If they started licking their paws to clean themselves they might be ingesting things that could make them sick. Rubber foot pads could definitely be of some help with protecting their feet – both dogs AND cats.
Rubber Dog Paw Boots CLICK HERE
Blankets, Bedding and Hot Water Bottles Having blankets are good for keeping your pet warm and doubling as a makeshift bed.
Here’s a cool blanket, bed and carrier all in one that will take up less space and be easier to pack than a regular pet bed. The sides can roll over to form a bed; it can lie on its side to form a sleeping bag for those that like to “tunnel” and it can be pulled open to form a blanket for those that want to “nest” and it can also be used to carry your pet around as a sling style carrier which can be quite useful. Having items that are multi-purpose saves weight and space in your pet emergency kit. CLICK HERE
For larger dogs here’s a travel bed idea but make sure to include packing a plush blanket as well to cover and keep your dog warm. CLICK HERE
A hot water bottle is also a great way to provide your pet with some extra warmth if some emergency situation has you out in the cold. In your own survival kit you should stock at least a pocket stove and pan to provide hot water. The hot water bottle will provide hours of warmth and the hot water bottle cozy will keep the bottle from being too hot for direct contact with your pet. These are two items I would definitely recommend for your pet emergency kit. One for each pet. CLICK HERE
Pet carriers Pet carriers are also a necessary item in your pet survival gear to transport pets safely and to ensure that your pets can’t escape. Carriers should be large enough to allow your pet to stand comfortably, turn around, and lie down. (Your pet may have to stay in the carrier for hours at a time.) Be sure to have a secure cage with no loose objects inside it to accommodate smaller pets—who may also need blankets or towels for bedding and warmth as well as special items, depending on their species. Also if your pet is injured and can’t walk you’ll need a way to carry them around. Make sure the transport carrier is clearly labeled with your name and a contact number.
Here’s one style that I think is quite practical for medium sized to small pets. There are 3 cases that all connect to each other and can be easily rolled. You can separate your potty items in one case, the other emergency kit items in the bottom larger case and your pet on top and it’s easy to cart around without putting pressure on your back or shoulders. CLICK HERE
Another option is a backpack style that has wheels so if you get tired of carrying backpack style you can switch to carting it on wheels. In an emergency situation you may be tired or injured and having to carry extra weight around constantly may not be an option so it’s good to think about what’s easy on you as well as your pet.
For larger dogs, getting a luggage cart and setting their carrier on the luggage cart would be another way to do it. Make sure to include straps or cables or some way to secure the carrier securely onto the luggage cart. Test out your securing mechanisms prior to an emergency and see how it works for you and your pet and make any adjustments necessary. Sturdy Luggage Cart CLICK HERE
Potty & Sanitation Items If you have cats you will need a small litter box pan and some litter.
I recommend scoopable litter that is fragrance free in a plastic bottle that can be later used to carry water…which you might need to do in an emergency situation. Always think multi-purpose uses so you can save space and weight in your emergency kits. Litter is also great to keep in the car for tire traction in snow, ice, or mud. The plastic containers are more rugged too and won’t puncture or rip easily and spill litter all over the place. Having the handle on there also makes it easy to carry.
Biodegradable waste bags are also a good idea for a situation where there isn’t any trash cans around and you need to bury the waste in the ground. These bags will dissolve and not create plastic landfill. It’s a good idea to use them even in non emergency situations too.
Green N Pack Eco Friendly Refill Bags CLICK HERE
If you have cats remember to pack a small litter pan and scooper.
Having a mat to collect the litter will also be a good thing to include to keep litter from getting tracked every where.
Litter Trap Mat CLICK HERE
Natural hand wipes are also a good item to pack in your kit for cleaning messes, crates and litter boxes.
Natural Hand Wipes CLICK HERE
And super absorbent towels like a ShamWow is good for absorbing any peeing mishaps or cleaning up any vomit, etc. Also packing some extra trash bags or a travel laundry bag to put used towels, and soiled pet clothes in is a good idea. ShamWow Cloths CLICK HERE
Brushes, combs and grooming supplies are also a good thing to pack.
Pet Medical Kits Most of the pre-made pet medical kits do not contain any of the more natural items I would personally include in my pet medical kit.
For just the basic pet trauma first aid kit here’s a good compact one that you can use as a base and then add other items into it. CLICK HERE
Additional Items to Include in Your Pet Emergency Kit For Poisoning: See My Full Article on Poison Treatment For Your Pet HERE (Print out article and put instructions in your emergency kit)
- A fresh bottle of hydrogen peroxide 3% (USP)
- A bottle of vinegar or lemon juice
- Milk of Magnesia
- Activated Charcoal
- Bentonite Clay
All natural trauma aids for helping your pet calm down after a traumatic emergency situation: Read the full article HERE (Print out article and put instructions in your emergency kit)
A Natural Painkiller and Anti-inflammatory That is Safe For Pets – Read the full article HERE (Print out article and put instructions in your emergency kit)
- Omega 3 capsules Fish Oil
- Vitamin D 3 capsules (1000IU)
- Oral Syringe 10 ml and Medicine Dropper
- Mixing Containers
- Pill Gun
A Natural Antibiotic for Pets – Read the full article HERE (Print out article and put instructions in your emergency kit)
- Colloidal Silver (Meso Silver Brand from Purest Colloids – see article)
- 8-12 ounce spray bottle filled with the colloidal silver to spray on cuts and wounds. Use the oral syringe to take orally if antibiotics are needed.
- Any medications your pet is currently taking should also be included in your pet’s medical kit.
Pet Toys If you can easily take them, including one or two of your pet’s favorite toy will help to reduce stress and give your pet a little comfort and sense of normalcy.
Here’s a cool item that can be very helpful in helping your pet feel safe and loved. Vibrational Therapy Teddy Bears For Your Pets! They clean out negative energy around your pet’s energy field. Filled with nurturing energies of flowers, plants, rocks and trees sealed in special vibrationally conductive squishy stuffing. These bears are also great at combating EMF and can help neutralize electronic pollution too. Dogs and cats are very drawn to the nurturing energy in these vibrationally charged teddy bears and will love snuggling with their new friend. Vibrational Clearing Teddy Bears CLICK HERE
Hopefully this information has given you a good place to start with creating your pet’s emergency preparedness kit. It can’t be stressed enough: When disaster strikes is not the time to try to prepare. Do yourself and your pets a favor. PREPARE NOW so you’ll be ready if an emergency situation happens.