September is National Preparedness Month, which encourages people to take steps to prepare for emergencies. Pet safety is an important part of DogWatch’s mission, so we’re spreading the word!

One important thing you can do today is to create a pet emergency kit that you can quickly grab in the event of an evacuation or other emergency. Here’s a list of items to include in your kit, per this guide from the ASPCA

  • 3-7 days worth of bottled water for your pet to drink
  • 3-7 days worth of your pet’s regular food, sealed in airtight containers (and a can opener, if needed)
  • Portable food and water dishes (collapsible dishes can help save space)
  • Extra supply of any of your pet’s medications (keep an eye on expiration dates and update accordingly)
  • Travel crate or carrier, and/or sturdy leash for bigger pets
  • If you live in flood-prone areas, a dog life-vest
  • Collars and up-to-date ID and vaccination tags for your pets (getting your pet microchipped is a good idea, too)
  • Pet waste bags, puppy pads and/or cat litter with disposable litter boxes (aluminum roast pans will work nicely)
  • Current photos of your pet(s), stored in a waterproof bag
  • A copy of your pet’s medical records, stored in a waterproof bag or saved online (there are a number of smartphone apps that can help you keep track of these records – ask your veterinarian if they have a preferred app to sync with their records system.)
  • A list of pet-friendly shelters and pet-friendly hotels near you, or friends able to take in your pets for a short time
  • Pet first aid kit – see ASPCA infographic of suggested items here
  • A familiar blanket or toy, to help keep your pet calm and comfortable

Did we miss anything? We value your feedback on this important issue. Have you been through an evacuation or other extreme situation? What steps did you take to protect your pets? Do you have any advice for your fellow pet owners? Tell us in the comments below, or on our Facebook page.