Small Animal  Emergency Kit

Disasters are very stressful times.  Having an emergency kit for your pets

will save time and ensure that you aren't forgetting an essential item

during a time of distress.  The following items should be in every pet's

emergency kit:

  • Food: Keep at least 3 days worth of food for each pet in a sealed,

       waterproof container.  Rotate in fresh food every 2-3 months. 

  • Water: Each pet should have at least 3 days worth of water, in addition

        to the water your family will require.

  • Medicine & Medical Records:  Be sure to keep any medications your pets require in a sealed, waterproof container.  If your pet has ongoing health issues, a copy of their medical records will be helpful if you cannot get in to see your normal veterinarian.

  • First Aid Kit:  Your first aid kid should be waterproof and contain the following items:

    • Pet first aid manual.  Click here for more first aid information from the AVMA.

    • Important phone numbers (Veterinarian, Animal ER, Poison Control, Non-Emergency Police line, etc)

    • Medical records and medications list

    • Muzzle (ONLY for temporary procedures.  Do NOT muzzle your animal if they are vomiting)

    • Clean towels (for clean up or restraining cats for procedures/treatments)

    • Gauze pads

    • Non-stick medical tape

    • Antiseptic wipes, spray or ointment

    • Foil emergency blanket

    • Cotton balls or pads

    • Rolled gauze

    • Eye dropper or syringe without a needle (for wound flushing or medications)

    • Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting.  Use ONLY if directed by a Veterinarian or Poison Control Expert. Do NOT use on wounds)

    • Instant cold ice pack

    • Non-latex disposable gloves

    • Petroleum jelly or other pet safe lubricant

    • Rectal thermometer (Normal range for a cat is 99.5°F to 102.5°F while a dog's normal range is 101°F to 102.5°F)

    • Blunt end scissors

    • Sterile non-stick gauze pads

    • Sterile saline solution (available at most pharmacies)

    • Tongue depressors (for splinting)

    • Tweezers

  • ID: Keep your ID tags on your pet(s) collars or harnesses at all times.  Keep pet licenses and microchip information up to date.

  • Photo: Keep a photo of you and your pet(s) together to help with identifying your pet if they are lost and establish you as their owner.

  • Pet Information: Keep adoption papers, microchip information, licensing together.

  • Important numbers: Keep your Veterinarian, nearest animal emergency clinic, boarding facility and poison control in your emergency kit.  The ASPCA poison control can be reached at:  (888) 426-4435  (NOTE: The ASPCA may charge $65 for this service.)  The Pet Poison Helpline can be reached at: 855-764-7661 (NOTE: The fee for this service is $59)

  • Sanitation Supplies: Keep extra litter, litter boxes, non-latex gloves, newspaper, paper towels, pet waste bags, bleach and water solution in a spray bottle (dilute 1 part bleach into 9 parts water) to help with cleanup.

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