Reminder to Check Your Emergency Kit for 2014

pet-emergency-kitJanuary is a month of fresh starts and we at Animalia want to to remind you to check and update your Emergency Kit. We’ve provided a check list for you to update your kit on your pet’s behalf.

Check the dates on your pet food supply to make sure it hasn’t expired. Make sure you have 3-7 days’ worth of canned (pop-top) or dry food (be sure to rotate every two months)
Make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date, and you have records of them in your kit
Keep your pet’s I.D. tag on at all times, and make sure the contact information is still current – including your phone number and your Vet’s phone number
Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are perfect)
Litter or paper toweling
Liquid dish soap and disinfectant
Disposable garbage bags for clean-up
Pet feeding dishes

Extra collar or harness as well as an extra leash (we have a large selection at Animalia if you need a spare set!)
Photocopies of medical records and a waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires (Remember, food and medications need to be rotated out of your emergency kit—otherwise they may go bad or become useless.)
Bottled water, at least 7 days’ worth for each person and pet (store in a cool, dry place and replace every two months)
A traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier, ideally one for each pet
Flashlight
Blanket (for scooping up a fearful pet)
Recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated and need to make “Lost” posters)
Especially for cats: Pillowcase or EvackSack, toys, scoopable litter
Especially for dogs: Extra leash, toys and chew toys, a week’s worth of cage liner.

For detailed list on human needs, go to the ASPCA site. It will also include some great ideas on planning ahead for you and your pet!