As you create your own household emergency kit, create one for pets as well! This list will help you get started:
- Water. At least 3 gallons of water specifically for each pet.
- Food. At least a 3 day supply in an airtight, waterproof container.
- Medicines and medical records.
- First aid kit. Include cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors, antibiotic ointment, flea and tick prevention, non-latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol and saline solution. Keep in mind that adhesive bandages may cause irritation to animals.
- Spare collar or harness with ID tag, rabies tag, and a leash.
- Crate or pet carrier. Have a sturdy crate or pet carrier in case you need to evacuate. You can store emergency supplies in the carrier when not in use.
- Sanitation. Pet litter and a litter box if needed. Include plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach for cleaning.
- A photo of you and your pet together. This can help with reunification if you and your pets are separated, and helps document your ownership. Write down species, breed, age, sex, color, distinguishing characteristics, and your contact information on the back of the photo.
- Comfort items. Bring a favorite treat or toy to reduce pet stress.
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