How to create a home emergency kit for your animals


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The time to put together a pet emergency kit is before you need it! Remember, you can only work with what you have, but what are you expected to be doing to prepare?

Have a home emergency preparedness kit! This can be one of those 55 gallon drums or a couple of plastic crates (especially the kind with wheels) so you could roll it to your car if need be.

Once you have recognized a home version you could then create a “grab and go” style. in some cases that is the type of vest a canine can wear with enough product for only a day or two.

Your home emergency preparedness kit ought to contain:

1.   A two week supply of food for each pet stored in airtight containers. This ought to be rotated at least twice a year to guarantee it is fresh, and also maintains that the food your pet is now eating is in their emergency kit. during a stressful situation is no time to add a change of food routine to your pets’ regimen. remember a manual can opener if you feed canned food.

2.   A two week supply of water for each pet (count on 1 gallon per pet, per day).  Do not store this in direct sunlight to avoid algae growth and do not store plastic containers directly on concrete as they will start to leach chemicals. This also ought to be rotated, or you can purchase a water purifier chemical.

3.   A two week supply of any medications taken by your animals.  remember to change out frequently so that you don’t have expired medications and to update when a pet goes on a new medication.

4.   A waterproof container or a plastic bag you could store inside a small canine or cat crate. place inside each of the follow items:

Each of your pet’s vaccination records

photos of your pet with your family as proof of ownership.

medical and microchip records

Leash, harness and crate or carrier for each pet

A pet first-aid kit with a particulate mask and muzzle

Pet’s favorite treats, chew toys, bedding, food & water dishes

Litter, scoop & box for kitties


For much more information on emergency preparedness, please check out the Emma Zen foundation website.

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