9 Essentials for Your Dog Emergency Prep Kit
If an emergency strikes and you have to grab your dog and run, are you prepared?
Or - depending on the situation - are you ready to shelter 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!
How to Make a Dog Emergency Prep Kit
Put all of the following supplies in a dedicated backpack, so it's easy to grab and go. Plus, you'll know exactly where everything is - no last-minute scrambling needed.
The Best Emergency Dog Carrier
Smaller dogs may need to be carried when you evacuate - but it's imperative that your hands are free for safety.
The best emergency dog carrier is one that's easy to grab, lightweight and compact. The PocoPet Packable Emergency Dog Carrier weighs 2.5 ounces and is as small as a deck of cards. Toss one in the backpack, and it’s the best addition to your dog emergency prep kit.
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).
Extra 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.