Preparing for Emergencies

Preparing for Emergencies

It is important for you to be prepared for any emergency with your pets. Whether it's having the important phone numbers, knowing what do to be ready for an evacuation, or assembling a pet first aid kit at home, we've got you covered,

Emergency phone numbers
Evacuation preparedness
Pet first aid kit contents

Emergency phone numbers

To find the nearest animal emergency hospital 800-883-6301 (American Animal Hospital Association).
Animal Poison Control Center 888-426-4435 or 900-680-0000

Evacuation preparedness

Be prepared - evacuations can be ordered for hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and hazardous material spills.
Identify several pet-friendly lodging options nearby prior to any ordered evacuation.
If severe weather is approaching, bring your pet indoors early so that they do not run away after detecting weather change.
Always bring your pet with you in an evacuation. Pets left behind can run away or die.
If you are forced to evacuate, attempt to do so as early as possible.
Keep dogs on a leash and cats in a carrier at all times during the evacuation.
Keep a kit packed with the necessary items to bring:

  • Food for seven days. We suggest bringing single feeding cans as there may not refrigeration. Bring a can opener if needed. Rotate food every three months.
  • Water for seven days. Figure dogs need one gallon per day and cats one quart per day. Rotate water every two months.
  • Food/water bowls
  • Medications for two weeks
  • Leashes and an extra collar
  • Bedding
  • Toys
  • First aid kit
  • Carrier/crate
  • Litter and a litter box for cats

Pet first aid kit contents.

1 Trauma pad, 5" x 9"
7 Gauze pads, 3" x 3"
1 Gauze roll, 2"
1 Gauze roll, 4"
Latex or nitrile glove
Stretch vet-wrap
First aid tape
Absorbent cotton
Cotton applicators or Q-tips
Bandage scissors
Instant cold pack
Alcohol wipes
Antiseptic/iodine wipes
Hydrogen peroxide
Sterile eyewash
Antibiotic ointment
Styptic pencil
Emergency blanket (space/reflective type)
Petroleum or KY jelly
Benadryl or equivalent
Enteric (buffered coated) aspirin - never ibuprofen or acetaminophen
Dishwashing liquid
Pet first aid book


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