What would YOU do if you had to leave your home in a hurry, and were not certain when you would return? That could happen during a gas line rupture, a train derailment and other unforeseen situations. While unlikely, it is good to be prepared to care for your family and your pets!
In Ontario, each of us is responsible for our own safety and survival during the first 72 hours of an emergency. The responsibility of caring for pets ultimately rests on the owner, including during an emergency. It’s important to consider Emergency Preparedness for Pets, and develop and create a 72 hour Pet Emergency Survival Kit, much like we would for ourselves and our families.
Creating a Pet Emergency Survival Kit:
- 72 hour food supply, including bowls and a can opener
- 72 hour water supply
- Leash, muzzle, harness
- Litter pan, litter, plastic bags and scooper
- Pet carrier to allow for easy transport
- Medical records, Veterinarian’s name and contact number
- Medications and a pet first aid kit
- Current photo of your pet along with their name, address and brief description
- Information on your pets feeding schedule, temperament/behavior, medical concerns
- ID tags and Micro chip number
- List of boarding facilities, hotels that can accommodate pets
You should check the Kit twice a year and update it as necessary. Ensure that there is always fresh water and food, medication and restock any items that may have been used from it.
Remember your ability to care for your pet during a time of emergency will depend on how well you have prepared for it. Take the time to create a Pet Emergency Survival Kit; it may just very well save your pets life one day.
For more information and the chance to win an Emergency Preparedness Decal, visit the OSPCA website