Sammamish Summer of Safety: Building a Pet Emergency Kit

Release Date: August 23, 2019
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During a disaster or emergency, it’s important to ensure that you have not only taken steps to prepare yourself, but also, your pets.

To build a Pet Emergency Kit, begin with basic survival items and add items to keep your pet happy and comfortable. Start with this list, and customize to meet the specific needs of your animals.

The top 10 items recommended for your Pet Emergency Kit are:

  1. Food. At least a three-day supply in an airtight, waterproof container.
  2. Water. At least three days of water specifically for your pets.
  3. Medicines and medical records. Most boarding kennels, veterinarians and animal shelters will need your pet's medical records to make sure all vaccinations are current. 
  4. Important documents. Registration information, adoption papers and vaccination documents. Talk to your veterinarian about microchipping and enrolling your pet in a recovery database. 
  5. First aid kit. Cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors; antibiotic ointment; flea and tick prevention; latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol and saline solution. Including a pet first aid reference book is a good idea, too.
  6. Collar or harness with ID tag, rabies tag and a leash.
  7. Crate or pet carrier. Have a sturdy, safe crate or carrier in case you need to evacuate. The carrier should be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down. 
  8. Sanitation. Pet litter and litter box if appropriate, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach.
  9. A picture of you and your pet together.If you become separated, a picture of you and your pet together will help you document ownership and allow others to assist you. Add species, breed, age, sex, color and distinguishing characteristics.
  10. Familiar items. Familiar items, such as treats, toys and bedding can help reduce stress for your pet.