Preparing Your Emergency Pet Bugout Kit

It’s important to remember that when you are creating your emergency preparedness plans that you don’t forget to consider your family pets. You may have thought of everything you need for the people in your family, but have you also considered your dog, cat, or other beloved companion? Emergency kits for your pets are necessary in your survival planning because they typically have separate needs from humans.

In order to make sure that all of your pet’s needs are taken care of, you will want to create an emergency kit for them.  It will be much like an emergency kit that you would make for yourself except it will have the things that will keep your pet comfortable during a crisis. Many animals are extremely sensitive to tense situations — even more so than people — so it’s really important to take their needs into special consideration when assembling a kit for them.

You’ll want to include some of the following items in your pet’s bug out bag: water; food; leash; collar; ID tags; first aid kit; poo bags.  Aside from those essentials your pet kit should also contain a blanket, treats, and their favorite toy to help them stay chipper during such a stressful time. Of course, this is just a partial list, but let’s go through some of the items you’ll need a little more closely.

Just like your personal emergency kit it’s recommended that you keep at least a three day supply of emergency food and water for your pet. A good tip is to vacuum seal daily portions of your pet’s normal (dry) food and keep it in their emergency kit. If you have a large pet then they may require as much (or more) food and water each day than you do, so be sure to plan accordingly.

A first aid kit that will cover your pets emergency medical needs is absolutely crucial to have in your pet’s kit. If your pet takes any medications then be sure to include those as well! Even minor injuries can become life threatening in a crisis situation so be sure to include extra medical supplies specifically for your pet even you have those things in your kit.  It’s better to err on the side of caution!

This may not seem like a big deal, but it’s imperative that you remember to include a safety harness and leash in the emergency kit you put together for your pet.  Crisis situations are extremely stressful and the last thing you want is to lose track of one of your loved ones.  Also, comfort items for your pet like toys and blankets can help keep your animal happy if you’re forced to evacuate your area. Also, sanitation is paramount in emergency situations, so poo bags are a must.

If you’re forced to evacuate to government facility then there is a good chance that you won’t be able to bring your pet with you. To improve your chances of being able to bring your pet along you’ll want to have the appropriate supplies for him/her such as a pet-carrier. In the event that you have to evacuate to a government designated area and you can’t bring your pet along then you will need to have a back up plan, and this is another reason why it’s so important to prepare in advance!

While there’s no way to know everything that you need to pack in your pet’s emergency kit, you can now feel better knowing that you (and your furry friend) are much better prepared to deal with an evacuation scenario during a crisis. If you’re ever faced with a situation where you have to bug-out with your pet then you’ll be extremely glad that you prepared ahead of time — and your pet will thank you! To find out more about getting your pet ready for disaster.

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