Emergency Preparedness for Your Dog

Have you checked your dog’s microchip information recently? It’s a good idea to regularly have your companion scanned and the information verified.

Pet Emergency and Evacuation Kit

The lists below are recommendations on what to include in case of disaster or emergency. Your specific kits may vary depending on your companions and the amount of space available. A pet carrier, plastic tub or garbage can with handles/lid can be used to store these disaster preparedness items for your dog(s). Include a calendar indicating when certain items should be/were replaced. A copy of this list is also recommended.

In addition to the items listed below, include anything you use for your dog on a weekly or monthly basis. A good test is to collect all the materials for your kit, and then experiment by using only those items to care for your dog over the next week.

Important information to include: name, address, phone, pet’s age/gender, breed, coloring/markings, microchip #, emergency contacts.

Download a version of this list here

Helpful Emergency Tip: With a sharpie or other ‘permanent’ but non-toxic ink, write your phone number on your dog’s belly. That way, even if your dog’s collar falls off, anyone who finds them can call you.

Food & Water

  • Food for 2 weeks in airtight container (rotate every three months)
  • Water (estimate a quart a day)
  • Usual treats that won’t spoil quickly
  • Spoons and can opener
  • Pedialyte
  • Karo syrup or other sugar source
  • Toys and chews
  • Calming treats
  • Several bowls

Restraints

  • Pet carrier with you and your dog’s info clearly labeled
  • Extra collars/harnesses with tags
  • Leashes and slip leads
  • Dog backpack (if applicable)
  • Muzzle or roll of gauze for muzzling
  • Thick leather gloves
  • Booties or rubber socks
  • Blankets/Towels
  • Thundershirt, life vest
  • Tranquilizer (if applicable)

First Aid

  • Required medications (extra supply)
  • Monthly preventatives
  • Thermal blanket
  • Hot water bottle
  • flashlight and batteries
  • grooming supplies
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers, hemostats
  • Cotton balls, gauze, bandages, medical tape
  • Styptic powder, Kwik Stop or corn starch
  • Thermometer
  • Disposable gloves
  • Eye wash, saline
  • Benadryl
  • Cortisone or itch relief
  • Hydrogen peroxide (to make vomit – 1tbsp)
  • Syringes of various sizes

Records

  • Vaccination certificates
  • List of phone numbers (vet, pet motels, boarding, microchip database, animal poison control, shelters in area)
  • Pet insurance (if applicable)
  • Proof of ownership (registration, adoption records, microchip)
  • Detailed photos of dog

Sanitation

  • Newspapers, paper towels, potty pads
  • Dish soap
  • Disinfectant
  • garbage bags
  • Waste removal bags
  • plastic tarps