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On the Ball: Pet's Emergency Kit

On the Ball: Pet's Emergency Kit

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.

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amh678 amh678 9 years
This is awesome! Thanks for putting this together, Pet!
you can get a decal from the humane society for free just by requesting one online or going to a shelter
ishop2much ishop2much 9 years
thank you for this
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
Oh I know Pet, I didn't mean not to get one (decal). I still have one. I just meant to let folks know that they should try and prepare to take them with if possible as they don't always get looked at. :)
sashak sashak 9 years
I just got my decal in the mail. I really need to put it up
Pets Pets 9 years
Yes, in situations of fire, it is definitely not guaranteed that rescuers will have the time or opportunity to check the door or window. However, being in NYC during 9/11, there were rescuers searching for pets in apartment buildings that the public was not allowed into, and they were able to locate pets based on these stickers.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
I have the decals on my back door and my bedroom window. Fortunately, I know how to make Cuba throw up if he swallows something he shouldn't. He has done it before and the the vet told me to give him some hydrogen peroxide. It works but it is so gross but we got the button back.
MellyBChappyChap MellyBChappyChap 9 years
It's so good you posted this. Just this morning at 5 am, I found myself unable to stay asleep. I headed to the couch for some TV and when I sat down I smelled an intense lemon smell. I ran to the sink and the garbage disposal capsuls I just bought the night before and set on the shelf by the sink were missing. I picked up my kitty and the smell was coming from him. I freaked. I ended up finding the package and he had only broke open one and just a little of the liquid inside was gone. I saw on the package that it is poisonous. Luckily I had the vet in my cell phone. I got a message which gave me the emergency number to call. The emergency person said to call poison control, who told me that my kitty would be ok. But now I have all three numbers in my phone.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
Both the ASPCA and HSUS have emergency kits and supply lists available. One of them (I forget which, but am inclined to say ASPCA) even has a really good book about how to keep pets safe in an emergency. I hate to burst the bubble on the window sticker though. It is rare that the FD will look at those stickers about how many pets you have. The rationale is that they will first make sure that every human is safe, and then only if the fire is confined will they try for pets. This has been confirmed to me by several fire department officials and other emergency workers. You are better off making sure your neighbors know about pets, or... The best thing to do is to have a crate or carrier at the ready. If you keep a cardboard one, have it put together. Toss in a travel bowl and a bit of food (canned works best since you never know when it will be needed and won't go bad as fast) and you are good to go. That way, if you have to leave fast, you can take them with.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I have a sort of First Aid kit for my kitties, plus my sister at my beck and call :)
nikodarling nikodarling 9 years
This is something you normally don't think of, but really its something that every pet owner should be doing.
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