What should I include in a disaster supply kit for my pets?

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In the event of a disaster, do not leave your pets behind! Following are items you should include in a disaster supply kit for your pets:

  • food and water for at least three days
  • medical records with updated shots information
  • up-to-date microchip contact info
  • dry pet food
  • carrier
  • clean litter box
  • favorite toy

If a disaster strikes your community, you might not have access to food, water or electricity for some time. You should have emergency kits ready for your pets. Here’s what you’ll need for a pet emergency supply kit:

  • Food and water for at least three days for each pet; bowls and a manual can opener.
  • Depending on the pet, you may need a litter box, paper towels, plastic trash bags, grooming items and/or household bleach.
  • Medicines and medical records stored in a waterproof container.
  • First aid kit with a pet first aid book.
  • Sturdy leash, harness and carrier to transport pet safely. A carrier should be large enough for the animal to stand comfortably, turn around and lie down. Your pet may have to stay in the carrier for several hours.
  • Pet toys and the pet's bed, if you can easily take it, to reduce stress.
  • Current photos and descriptions of your pets. This will help others identify them in case you and your pets become separated; it will also provide proof that they are yours.
  • Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the name and telephone number of your veterinarian in case you have to board your pets or place them in foster care.

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