Are your pets prepared for an emergency?

Posted by Sheena Neil on Monday, May 2, 2016
It's wildfire season again. This time of year always gets me thinking and planning.
At the time of writing this there are about 18 fires in the province of Alberta. Most are considered 'Under Control', but 3 are 'Out of Control'. Within the last 24 hours there has been a mandatory evacuation issued in Northern Alberta (Wildfire Status).

Of course wildfires, or the threat of a wildfire, are not the only reason we may need to evacuate.
A gas leak in your home may require you to leave for a few hours, even over night. A fire in your neighbourhood may also cause you to leave your home. And of course natural disasters such as tornadoes or flooding. 

As pet owners it our responsibility to be prepared and to have a game plan ready.
Where will you stay? Do they accept pets? Do they accept some pets but not all pets?
If you're planning to stay at a friends or neighbours, do they have pets? Do their pets get along with yours?

It is recommended that emergency kits get you through 72 hours away from your home. For more info on 72 Hour kits visit Get Prepared from the Government of Canada. 

It is important to be prepared and be ready BEFORE a mandatory evacuation has been ordered. Most emergency shelters will NOT accept pets so it is important that you have an alternative plan.

Let's get started!!!

Top Row, Left to Right:
  • Collapsible Kennel
  • Sweater
  • Harness
  • Leashes (6 feet and 15 feet)
  • Collar
  • Boots (2 pairs)
  • Brown carry bag for small items

Middle Row, Left to Right: 
  • Harness backpack
  • Backpack contents (doggy first aid kit, tick remover, vet wrap, additional first aid supplies, extra poop bags)
  • Inflatable Kong e-collar
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Paper towel

Bottom Row, Left to Right:
  • Dry dog food (the brand she eats regularly)
  • Canned dog food
  • Treats (dehydrated liver, shelf stable)
  • Muzzle (dogs have been trained to wear it)
  • Collapsible water and food bowl
  • Nail and grooming tools (nail clippers, files, brush)
  • Adaptil spray (calming pheromone. In an emergency or in a new place dogs can get stressed. Available at most vet clinics and pet stores.)
  • Some small rags
  • Toys

Additional items not shown:
  • Water (stored with our human emergency kits)
  • Medication (not applicable to us)
  • Litter, litter pan, poop scooper for cats
  • Feliway (calming pheromone for cats. Also available at most vet clinics or pet stores)
  • Vaccination records and Microchip information (stored in human kits)
  • Photo of pets (pre-made Missing Pet posters are stored in human kits)
  • List of pet friendly hotels in the area
  • Can opener (I chose cans with pop tops to avoid needing a can opener)
  • Towels (extras are in human kits)
  • Dog bed and blanket
Your kit should be reviewed every 6-12 months to swap out food or medication that is about to expire, and to update your pets medical or vaccination information. 

Everything fits into these 3 small bags. Symka is travelling with me a lot so some of these things are with us all the time.
The small brown bag holds leashes, toys, poop bags, some rags, and her collapsible bowl.
The black bag holds her sweater, boots, backpack harness, muzzle, and grooming supplies.
Everything else is stored in the small pink suitcase. 
The average person could easily store these items in a medium suitcase or large backpack.

There is a saying in the camping/survival world:

 "If you have 3 you have 2, if you have 2 you have one, if you have 1 you have none". 

For this reason I do have multiples of various items. Extra collars, leashes, and treats are always in my vehicle (they come in handy regularly when catching loose or stray dogs).
My vehicle first aid kit is well stocked for both humans and animals. 

Does having a plan really make a difference? Check out this YouTube Video. Two families take the 10 minute challenge to see who could successfully evacuate in a hurry.

Do you have emergency kits for your pets? Do you have a plan in place? Let us know on Facebook.

Tags: emergency planning  72 hour kit  pet  prepping  first aid kit   

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Sheena Neil Owner/Trainer Keystone Training