Whether it’s a natural disaster like a hurricane or a fire, or a global pandemic like we’re currently facing, having an emergency plan in place can help quell anxiety when something unexpected hits. And that extends to planning for our pets, too.
Taking the time now to carefully gather items for a pet emergency kit can help you respond quickly and appropriately when needed. Plus, the cooler you are in times of stress, the less impact on your pet’s well-being.
Here’s what pet parents should have on hand to be prepared for most emergency situations. (And if you're wondering whether you need to take your pet to the vet now vs. waiting, what to expect, how to prepare, and what to do if your vet is closed—read more from Dr. Nelson here).
If your pet is on prescription meds, it’s recommended to keep at least a 2- to 4-week supply of the medicine on hand in case of an emergency, an evacuation or an illness. This includes heartworm, flea and tick preventive medications and any prescription diets that your pet has been prescribed. Also, have an extra bag of kibble or case of cans of your pet’s regular diet on hand at all times, as well as extra litter for your kitties. While you’re getting supplies together, it’s also a good time to check pet tags and microchips to ensure all are up to date.
By taking a little extra time to gather all of this while you’re calm and able, you’ll certainly save yourself a lot of anguish if an emergency strikes. A large, flat plastic container will hold most of these items. Check twice yearly to ensure no products have expired and to update your pet’s medical records.