You can't predict an emergency, but you can plan for it. I may sound like my mother when I say this but not everything in life comes with advance warning. And, sometimes, a little preparation can go a long way. First off, make neighbors aware that you have a pet. Usually they are, but safeguard yourself by hanging a decal on your window or door that alerts people of the pets inside.
In a burst of energy one weekend, I decided to make a "go bag" for North. Most of the items I already had, but I think that people (and each pet) should keep emergency kits on hand. I started out with a clear vinyl utility bag ($8.99) and I store it inside an extra travel kennel ($22.99).
Want to know what's inside,
- Names and contact information for at least three emergency contacts (including one outside of the area). Most of us have to fill out an emergency contact sheet at work so it's helpful to use the same people here as well.
- A copy of a pet's vaccination records and medical history.
- A pet first-aid kit ($13.99), and any additional medications.
- A current photo of you and your pet for identification purposes if you're separated. List any distinguishing traits and information about behavior on the back.
- A copy of registration, microchip, and pet license information.
- Enough food and bottled water for at least three days
- Collapsible food and water dishes – consider just one ($15) to use for both purposes.
- An extra leash and collar/harness ($29).
- An old bath towel, good to snuggle pet with or make an impromptu bed.
- Plastic bags for waste ($4.95 for 3 rolls)
- A new toy and stash of treats
Something else you'd add? Share it in your comments below.