An Evacuation Kit Will Keep Your Dog Happy and Safe

Create an evacuation kit now (or right after you create one for yourself and family members) so that if disaster looms, everything is there, in one place.

In minutes you'll have everything in the car and be escaping the danger.

What You'll Need in Your Dog's Kit

  • Food Pack a two week supply of dry food in an airtight, waterproof container. If you're using canned food, buy flip-top cans or purchase a can opener for your evacuation kit use only. If you're using frozen food, like the "bones and raw food diet", you'll need ice packs and a cooler that plugs into your car lighter to keep the food from thawing.

  • Also take along treats and chew toys to keep your dog calm during stressful periods and if she has to be crated or tied up for long stretches of time. Instructions on what and how much to feed your dog in case you're not available or not able to feed your dog. Include any foods your dog cannot eat due to allergies.

  • Try to feed your dog on her regular schedule, and feed her regular food if at all possible. This will help keep her stress levels lower. It will also reduce the possibility of her suffering from diarrhea.

  • Water
    Keep at least two weeks' worth of bottled or purified water on hand at all times. A large dog could need a gallon or more per day, especially if it is hot or the dog is stressed.

    Store it out of direct sunlight to avoid algae growth, and rotate the water at least every other month.

    Do not let your dog drink flood water or water that may have been contaminated. "Boil water" warnings mean that tap water is unsafe for you and your dog to drink.
  • Non-spill food and water bowls, and a spoon for canned food.
  • Newspaper for bedding and/or litter.
  • A collar, leash, harness and muzzle for each dog. Ensure each collar has your dog's name, as well as your name, phone number and address (in case the phones aren't working). If you're relocating for an extended period of time, attach an alternate phone number to the collar.
  • Use a crate for smaller dogs, and label each crate with your name and contact information. Larger dogs, and dogs that prefer to be outside, can be secured with a stake and some chain or wire.
  • A two week supply of medications. Have an ice cooler or plug-in cooler and ice packs ready to store any medications that need refrigeration. Ice is often available from emergency shelters.
  • Obtain tranquilizers from your vet if your dog is high-strung or easily frightened. Add instructions on the dose and frequency of medications. Also include your vet's and pet pharmacy's contact information for refills.
  • Pet information. If you don't have a documentation package, check out dog information and records for help assembling it.
  • Your dog first aid kit. See dog first aid kits for information on making your own evacuation kit, buying prepackaged kits, and familiarizing yourself with the supplies in your kit. If your kit didn't come with a pet first aid book, add one to your survival kit.

  • Also make sure you know which vet clinics and animal hospitals will be open in your area in case you need emergency care for your dog.
  • A flashlight, solar/crank/battery powered radio, and fresh spare batteries, all in resealable plastic bags.
  • Plastic bags and pooper scooper. Paper towels, a small container of dish soap, and trash bags.
  • Two non-essentials that can make your dog's life, and yours, a little easier are a grooming brush, and a bottle of either "Rescue Remedy" or "First Aid Remedy", two herbal products that you can use to relieve some of your dog's tension and stress.
  • If you have the room, consider an aromatherapy diffuser and some calming scents to use with it. They are very effective in relieving stress and anxiety. Check out aromatherapy for dogs for more information.
  • A plastic container large enough to carry all the supplies except the water. Pack the water in sturdy cardboard boxes or several plastic crates.

    Remember, water is heavy: four gallons weigh over 30 pounds, and four Imperial gallons (18 litres) weigh 40 pounds (18.2 kilograms).
  • Place the water and the container full of supplies in plain sight of your main house entrance so that anyone checking your home can find it. Don't store them in your kitchen or garage, as most house fires start in those areas.

  • Check the evacuation kit twice a year, perhaps on your birthday and your dog's birthday. Replace the food. Test the batteries and replace them if necessary. And remember to change the water every one to two months, as mentioned above.
  • Place "Pet Inside" stickers in your main floor windows, and leave a note on your door explaining where in the house/on the property rescuers can find your dog and the evacuation kit. Leave your work contact number and your vet's contact info for rescuers as well.
  • There are several agencies and organizations providing information and/or support to help you and your dog during disasters or emergencies.

    Disaster evacuation plan for more information on these sources of help to create your dogs evacuation kit.

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