Assembling an Evacuation Kit for Your Dog

This month we’ve been covering disaster preparedness for keeping your dog safe in a natural disaster. The best time to prepare for a natural disaster is, of course, before one strikes. It only takes a moment to assemble an emergency evacuation kit for your dog but it can mean so much if you have to leave your home in a hurry.

VCA veterinarian Donna J. Spector has assembled a packing list of items you should consider for your pet’s emergency evacuation kit, many which you’ll already have on hand. Toss them in a bag that’s easy to find in an emergency and you’ll have made an important first step in keeping your dog safe in case of a hurricane, tornado, flood, wildfire, or other natural disaster!

– Leash
– Collapsible water/food bowl
– Canned dog/cat food
– Pet toy
– Pet blanket
– Cloth towel
– Basic roll of bandaging material
– All-purpose nail clipper
– Flashlight with batteries
– Doggy bags (can also be used for cat litter clean-up)
– Disposable latex Gloves
– Emergency ice/heat pack
– Camera to take current photos of your pet and include in the kit
– Folder with list of types of vaccination records & medical history to get from vet

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  • It’s funny; I’ve always considered myself a highly responsible pet owner but this little article proved otherwise.

    Living in Southern California, we are prone to earthquakes. Everybody, including myself, knows that emergency kits are extremely important and I always have one at hand. Unfortunately and very shamefully, I never thought of including stuff for the dog which I love to no end.

    So, I am now in the process of putting together an doggie emergency kit which will include enough dry food and water for 7 days, grooming brushes, a handful of pee pads, several large bath towels, a few squeaky toys, a leash, a current picture, and his documents which include list of vaccinations and details about his veterinary clinic.

    I am now proud to announce that I am, in fact, a very responsible pet owner!