National Pet Preparedness Month: What should be in my pet’s “GO” kit?

With recent wildfires, earthquakes, tornadoes and other disasters making the news these days, it may be time to think about being prepared for the possibility of leaving your own home on a moment’s notice. As pet lovers, our pets are part of our families too. So, if you choose to be proactive and prepare a GO KIT for your family, take the time to create one for your pets too.

Here is a Top 13 List of items to include in your GO KIT:

  1. Food: 7-day supply (pop-top cans are easiest to keep fresh, otherwise switch dry food out on a regular basis)
  2. Water: 7-day supply
  3. Leash, collar, and rope tie-out
  4. Bowls for food and water
  5. Photos of your pets (keep on your phone, but keep copies in your kit too) and any immunization or registration tags
  6. Medications your pet uses (or at least a list for pick up)
  7. Immunization/vet records (keep both updated)
  8. First-aid kit
  9. Contact list of pet-friendly hotels, veterinarians, Red Cross, SPCA, and out-of-town friends/family
  10. Pet carrier/kennel
  11. Blankets
  12. Poop bags and other cleanup items (cat litter)
  13. Toys and chews

No one ever expects to experience the heartache losing their home, or their pets, but it can happen. Let’s take the time to be prepared.