Like your own emergency kit, the ones you create for your animals should include three to five days of food, water and medications.
Other items to include:
- First aid kit. Talk to your veterinarian about what should be included. Most commercial kits have cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors, antibiotic ointment, flea and tick prevention, latex gloves, rubbing alcohol and saline solution. A pet first aid book also is helpful.
- Identification, harness or leash. Your dog or cat should wear a collar with an ID or contact card and rabies tags at all times. Keep a backup set in your pet's emergency kit. Include important documents like registration, adoption, vaccination, or important medical records. Consider micro chipping and enrolling your pet in a recovery database. Livestock should wear a contact card for easy identification.
- A picture of you and your pet together. A picture will help identify your pet and document ownership should you become separated.
- Crate or carrier. Have a sturdy, safe, comfortable crate or carrier to transport your pet.
- Familiar items. Include your pet's favorite toys, treats or bedding.
- Sanitation. Have supplies to provide for your pet's sanitation needs such as litter and litter box, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach for disinfecting (dilute nine parts water to one part bleach).