Pet Survival Kit Essentials

A pet survival kit is essential if you love your pet.

What To Include In Your Pet Survival Kit

A pet survival kit may be the furthest thing from your mind right now but should an emergency arise you’ll be wishing you’d taken the time to put one together.  Obviously, in the event of an emergency, you’re going to take care of your family members first.  That’s only natural – and expected.  But once everyone is safe and sound you’re going to have your pet to take care of, too.  Make it easy on yourself – and your pet – and put together a pet survival kit now, while you have time to do it.

Pet Survival Kit Essentials: Food

Always keep at least a 2 week supply of pet food on hand.  Most pet foods are high in fat content and that means they’ll spoil quickly so be careful you don’t buy out-dated food and, if it’s dry kibble, transfer it to an airtight container so it will last longer.

Treats:  Be sure to pack a good supply of your pet’s favorite snacks or treats.  It may not seem important right now, but your pet will be just as stressed as you are if something happens.  Anything you can do to assure him there’s still some normalcy in your life will be greatly appreciated.

Can opener:  If your pet prefers canned pet food, make sure you pack a can opener.

Don't forget to include collapsible bowls in your pet survival kit.

Collapsible bowls work well with pet survival kits.

Pet Survival Kit Essentials: Water

All pets need lots of water.  It’s almost more important than food.  Set aside several gallons of water that’s earmarked strictly for your pets.

You’ll need something to hold the food and water so pack extra bowls.  You can find collapsible pet bowls online if you prefer.

Pet Survival Kit Essentials: First Aid & Medications:

Your pets can get injured just as easily as people can during disasters. There are good first aid kits that are designed specifically for pets and are good to include in your pet survival kit.

Treat pet medications the same way you do your own.  Contact your vet to get at least a month’s supply so you can have it on hand in case of emergency.

Other Gear:

Leashes:  It’s a good idea to put an extra leash and collar in your pet survival kit, too.  Even if your pet normally stays right by your side he’s going to be nervous and possibly even disoriented.  You’ll be helping everyone out if you have a leash you can easily lay your hands on.

Cages:  Cat carriers, small animal cages, crates – whatever your animal is comfortable with, make sure you have it readily available.

Sweaters/Bedding, etc: Always keep a sweater, toys, a favorite toy or pillow in your pet survival kit.  Anything that will remind your pet of safety and comfort and provide a sense of security will help keep the animal calm.

One of the most important items you’ll need doesn’t even go into your pet survival kit.  Instead, it goes on your front door.  Place a sign somewhere on your front door to let firemen and policemen know you have pets on the premises.  Tell them what kind of animals they are and how many you have.  That way, in case of emergency, your pets will be rescued, too.

  1. Derek
    Derek12-15-2011

    I hadn’t even thought about what we should do about our dog, other than keep him with us and have water for him, in case there is another emergency, that is, until I read your article. Our area was flooded severely this past year and we evacuated with him, on a leash, and gave him bottled water and granola bars (we had plenty). But FEMA won’t let us back into our home, so we had to find another place to live. Your article got me to thinking that we need a real Pet Survival Kit for him, we owe it to our best friend to be more prepared for another emergency.

  2. Derek
    Derek12-15-2011

    We had to evacuate from our home this past spring due to severe flooding. We evacuated with our dog, but we weren’t prepared for this emergency and we definitely weren’t prepared for our best friend either. Your blog article reminded me how important it is to be prepared for an emergency for our dog too. Our dog survived on bottled water and granola bars at a shelter that had been set up in a school. If he had needed medical care, I don’t know what would have happened.

    • James Sorick
      James Sorick12-19-2011

      You are lucky that nothing bad happened to your dog. Even the biggest animal lovers sometimes don’t think of there pets survival in disasters because they are still “asleep” to the survivalist and prepper mindset. You will be better prepared next time…I’m sure.

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