June is National Pet Preparedness Month! Are you prepared in case of an emergency or if a national disaster strikes? Are you considering your pet in your emergency preparations?
What is a “go bag”? A bag specific for your pet that contains supplies that your pet needs in order to survive during an emergency or natural disaster. Since you don’t know when an emergency will happen and/or how long you and your pet could potentially be displaced, it’s important to have these items ready.
WHAT TO PACK:
Here’s what to pack in your emergency kit, according to the ASPCA.
- Pet first-aid kit and guide book
- 3-7 days’ worth of canned (pop-top) or dry food (be sure to rotate every two months)
- Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are perfect)
- Litter or paper toweling
- Liquid dish soap and disinfectant
- Disposable garbage bags for clean-up
- Pet feeding dishes and water bowls
- Extra collar or harness as well as an extra leash
- Photocopies and/or USB of medical records and a waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires (Remember, food and medications need to be rotated out of your emergency kit—otherwise they may go bad or become useless)
- At least seven days’ worth of bottled water for each person and pet (store in a cool, dry place and replace every two months)
- A traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier, ideally one for each pet
- Recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated)
- Especially for cats: Pillowcase, toys, scoop-able litter
- Especially for dogs: Extra leash, toys and chew toys, a week’s worth of cage liner
- You’ll also want to pack spare medication and flea treatment in case you need to shelter with other dogs. To help your pet stay calm during harrowing times, consider tossing in a few comfort items, such as treats, chew toys, bedding, or a ThunderShirt.
Store your pet’s “go bag” near your emergency door of your home or where you currently store your family’s emergency bags, so it’s all in the same spot for a quick evacuation.