Your pet relies on you for everything from exercise to treats. She counts on you to lead the way — especially in chaotic situations. In a disaster, you may have to leave your home in a hurry, so it’s beneficial to have a pet “go” bag by the door with essentials. Here’s what you can do to equip yourself and your pet for an emergency.
Steps to prep:
- Ensure your pet has a registered microchip and is wearing a visible tag with current information.
- Designate a trusted caregiver who can take your dog or cat in an emergency if you can’t get home to your pet.
- Research pet-friendly, overnight options so you know where you can go together safely if you have to evacuate.
- One of the most important ways to prepare for an emergency is to have an emergency “go” bag.
What to put in your “go” bag:
- A sturdy leash, collar, and harness — in a chaotic situation, your pet may want to run.
- Enough food for at least 2 weeks, including favorite treats, as well as drinking water, and collapsible bowls.
- Any necessary medications (2 weeks’ worth) along with copies of medical records, photos of your pet, microchip information, and a rabies certificate; keep these stored in a waterproof baggie.
- Info on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behaviors, and the name and number of your vet.
If you do have to evacuate in a disaster, it is in your pet’s best interest to stay with you! For more on what to do in an evacuation situation, visit this blog from our veterinary behaviorists.