How To Make A Dog Emergency Prep Kit
If an emergency strikes and you have to grab your dog and run, are you prepared?
And as the Corona Virus ramps up, are you ready if needed to hunker in place with your pup for an extended period of time?
Whether it's a fire, earthquake, flood or virus, a little planning now will give you peace of mind - and help your dog stay safe and healthy during a difficult time.
The good news is, it's easy to be prepared - and you likely have most of what you need at home already!
So let's get started:
Keeping all of the supplies in a backpack makes it easy to grab and go. Plus, you'll know exactly where everything is - no last-minute searching needed.
Food & Water
When you're stocking up on backup food & water for yourself and your family, don't forget to add extra for your dog.
Recommendations vary, but at minimum have enough food and water for your dog for 2 weeks (some suggest up to 2 months). Don't forget to add in a collapsable food & water bowl.
If your dog is on any medication, have a 1-2 month supply as a backup. Every 6 months, replace this stash with a fresh prescription so your backup doesn't expire.
Make copies of all of your dog's health & vaccination records. Make note of their feeding schedule, veterinarian contact info, and medical needs, along with an emergency backup contact. Add in a photo of you and your pet, in case you get separated. Store these documents in a waterproof pouch (or tripled zip-top baggies).
Your dog may need to be contained during an emergency, so keep a sturdy crate near the dog backpack, with a warm blanket inside.
Smaller dogs may need to be carried - but you need to keep your hands free for safety. The PocoPet is a small and light dog carrier in a compact pouch - at just 2.5 ounces, it’s the best addition to your dog emergency prep kit.
Backup leash, harness & collar with tags
Depending on the situation, you may not have time to grab their regular setup, so having a backup leash and harness is crucial for their safety.
During an emergency situation, help prevent the spread of germs & disease by being prepared to pick up your dog's waste.
Sweater or Jacket
It can be challenging keeping small dogs warm during the winter months, so add in a sweater and/or jacket for their comfort.
Treats & Toys
If there's free space in the backpack, toss in a bag of their favorite treats, and a toy. Keeping your pet happy will keep you happy, too!
Remember: it's crucial to keep this prep kit up to date. Every six months, swap out the food, water, medicine and treats for a fresh batch.