Dog Disaster Supplies: Preparing for an Emergency Situation
No one ever wants to be put into an emergency situation, but they
do happen. Putting together an emergency supply kit doesn't cost
much and onlys take a few moments. So do your furry pal a favor
gather some basic dog disaster supplies,
Food. Pack enough to last at least one week
for each dog. Make sure it's the same type of food your
pet is accustomed to eating so that he doesn't have any
stomach upsets. If you feed canned food, try to find
small cans that are suitable for single feedings only
since you may not have access to a refrigerator for leftovers.
Store the food in waterproof containers.
Every 2 or 3 months, replace the food with fresh food.
- Water. When disaster strikes drinking water
is sometimes unavailable, and the water that is
available is probably not sanitary. Again, pack enough
drinking water to last each dog at least one week and
store the supply in a cool place. Replace the water
every few months.
- Several bowls, measuring cups, can openers, and spoons.
Make sure you have what you need to properly feed your
Travel crate. Dog travel supplies are widely
available. Get a crate
that's large enough so that your dog can stand up and lie down comfortably.
Many types of crates are available - some are airline approved,
others are collapsible for easy portability.
- Leashes and harness. Keep an extra on
hand in case your dog chews through one. Frightened
dogs may attempt to run. Harnesses are a good option
in this case because it's much harder for a dog to
escape from a harness than from a leash.
If you have to tie your dog up, make sure you keep
an eye on him in case he starts to show signs of stress
(in which case he might try to escape). Also ensure you
tie him in an area where he cannot fall or slip off
something and choke himself.
And finally, do not leave your dog outside, unattended,
for extended periods of time. Aside from the possibility
of escape, there are other dangers such as wildlife.
Proper identification for each dog. Some form
of visible ID such as a collar with license tag,
and/or a tattoo are all great. Pets should also be microchipped,
which can be done quickly and easily through your veterinarian.
It's also a good idea to keep a couple of spare
with you too. If you have to stay elsewhere during the emergency, write your
contact information on the tag and attach it to your
Always keep your contact information up-to-date.
- Additional documentation. This includes
vaccination records, a recent photo (just in case your
pet gets lost - a photo makes ID easier), the name
and number of your veterinarian, a record of
medications and dosage.
Also look up a list of nearby veterinarians and
keep a list of their addresses and telephone numbers,
just in case your regular vet is unable to assist
during the disaster.
- Medications. Try to keep a couple of weeks
worth of prescription medication on hand, ideally in
their original vials. In an emergency situation your
vet may not be able to re-fill a prescription.
A pet first-aid kit. Our furry friends
can get hurt too, especially in the noise and confusion
of a disaster situation. Pet first aid kits are sold at
some pet supply stores, or you can
assemble your own kit.
Click here for several pet first aid kits available online.
- Cleaning supplies. Pack a supply of "waste
bags", paper towels, cleaning disinfectant, and
soap. Clean your dog's kennel and dishes regularly
to help keep them free from nasty bacteria.
- A list of places you can stay with your pet
in case of emergency. This might just be friends
or family, or even a list of nearby
pet-friendly hotels or other
accommodations. Check their pet policies to ensure
they really will allow your pet (if you have a big
dog, make sure this won't cause a problem - some
hotels only allow small dogs).
As soon as you know you wil need a hotel room,
call in advance to make reservations. Other people
may also be trying to get rooms as well.
If you do not currently have dog disaster supplies
on hand, take a few moments to do it now! Put everything
together in a portable tote bag and place it near the door.
If an emergency situation occurs, gather your pets and grab
the bag and be on your way quickly. It could be the
difference between losing your pets or having them come
home safe with you.