Create a Pet Emergency Kit
Be ready for an emergency by assembling your pet's must-haves now.
Keep all your pet's emergency items together in a large bag or bin – something that can be carried easily. Make sure that all family members know the location of the kit, in case of an emergency.
Remember to rotate items such as food, water and medications every two months or so.
Food and Water
3-7 days' worth of canned or dry food
Bottled water, at least 7 days' worth for each pet
Pet feeding dishes
14-day supply of medications (in waterproof container)
WHN Tip: Ask your vet about the best medications and items for your pet.
Bandages, gauze strips, cotton balls
Hydrogen peroxide for cleaning wounds
WHN Tip: Do NOT use hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting unless instructed to!
A traveling bag, crate, cage or sturdy carrier (Label with pet's name, your name, address and contact number.)
WHN Tip: Read our Choosing and Using a Pet Crate for Travel article for tips on finding the right crate or carrier for your needs.
WHN Expert Tip: Plastic Shipping Sleeves
For photocopies of health documentation, we use plastic shipping sleeves (normally used for address labels) to secure the documentation to the top of the travel crate. These sleeves are great as they show the content, stick to the crate easily and usually have a resealable closure - perfect for airport officials to quickly and easily access the documentation." Rachel Farris, PetRelocation.com
Blanket (for comfort or covering cages) and towels
Scooper, newspaper, paper towel and plastic garbage bags
Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are perfect)
Extra collar, harness and leash (make sure they fit properly and are labeled with pet's name, your name and contact information))
Grooming/hygiene items (brush, shampoo, nail clippers, etc.)
Liquid dish soap and disinfectant
WHN Tip: Keep these documents in a waterproof bag (such as a zippered food bag) or folder.
Photocopies of medical and vaccination records
Copies of prescriptions and instructions for medications
Photocopies of pet insurance cards and policies
Photocopies and details of ID tags, tattoos, microchips and licenses
Recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated and need to make "Lost" posters)
A written description of your pet:
- Pet's name
- Coat, color and markings (scars, spots, etc.)
- Microchip or tattoo numbers
- Color of collar/leash/tags
- Any other important details
List of important phone numbers:
- 24-hour emergency veterinary hospital
- American Association of Poison Control Centers — 1-800-222-1222 (Hotline)
- Animal Poison Control Center — 888) 426-4435 (Hotline)
- Pet insurance agent
- Local animal shelter
- Neighbor who is familiar with your pet
- Pet sitter
- List of pet-friendly hotels/motels nearby
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