If you have a pet, then it goes without saying that we all know how important they are to our families. Therefore, it is important that all members of our families (including our furry friends) are prepared in the event of an evacuation or a disaster. One of the best ways to do this is to have an emergency bag for all members. Now, it’s easy to know what you and your family members may need, but what about your dog or cat? To help, I have compiled a list of items that would be great for you to have for your pet’s to go bag.
Some Important Things to Consider
Before you determine items for your pet’s pack, keep in mind some important things in the event of an emergency situation:
- The pack will need to be carried over a period of time and/or long distance.
- Any pet that is 15 pounds or less needs to be placed in a pet carrier and most likely won’t be able to carry the pack.
- It is smart to have a microchip implanted into your pet. Make sure that the chip has all updated information included and any emergency contact information in the event you are separated from your pet.
- Be aware of shelters, kennels, boarding shelters, and hotels/motels that accept pets.
- Make a note of different pet hospitals or veterinary offices.
Important Items for Pet Bugout Bags
Now that you’ve taken some important steps to make sure you are prepared for any emergency, it’s time to pack your pet’s grab and go bag. It is important to note that you may not need all of these items, depending on your pet, but it’s a starting point to help ensure that when the day comes, you and your pet are ready.
- Pet first aid kit
- 3-7 days of their usual food
- Collapsible food/water bowls
- Disposable litter tray
- Litter (you can use clean sand in a pinch)
- Bottled water
- Spare collar/harness and leash
- ID tags on the pet, on the spare collar, and also attached to the bag
- Folding crate or carrier
- Health records and veterinary contact information
- Flea treatment
- Chew toy
- Recent photos of yourself with the pet
There are some contents above that are extremely important for your pets and I just want to point out some key ones. For example, keeping a photocopy or a USB of health records in the bag (for shelters or other boarding facilities) along with a current photo of your pet and yourself is a good idea. This is so in case you get separated, you can easily provide information to help you, or show proof of ownership.
Also, pets should always have ID tags with up-to-date information like their name, your cell phone number, and any medical needs on them and in their emergency bags (in the event one gets separated from the other). Finally, to reduce the stress on the pet, bring a few familiar items such favorite treats, bedding, or some of their favorite chew toys. You can also get a thunder shirt, or an anxiety wrap to reduce stress. For cats specifically, a blanket is encouraged in case they get upset.
In the end it’s important to remember that, if you’re going to need something if an emergency does happen, most likely your pet does too. The best way for you, your family, and your pet to get through a stressful situation successfully is to be thoroughly prepared.
Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.