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Disaster Supplies: For Dogs

The following items are recommended for inclusion in a disaster kit specifically for dogs. Prepare one disaster supply kit for each dog in your household.

Food and Water:

  • A one-week supply of the food your dog is accustomed to eating. Store food in an airtight, waterproof container and rotate every three months to ensure freshness. If your dog eats canned food, buy cans small enough for one feeding since you may not be able to refrigerate leftovers. Include a can opener or buy pop-top cans.
  • A one-week supply  of water, stored in a cool, dark location. Rotate occassionally to ensure freshness. If tap water is not suitable for humans to drink during a disaster, it is also not suitable for animals to drink.
  • Bowls for food and water. Collapsible bowls are easy to store and save space.

Cleaning and Sanitation:

  • Pooper scooper, plastic bags or other means of disposing of your dog's waste.
  • Liquid soap for washing food and water bowls, paper towels and disinfectant for cleaning crates and carriers.

Housing and Transportation:

  • A plastic airline crate or wire collapsible crate is helpful during an evacuation and afterward, especially if you will be staying in a hotel that requires pets to be confined while you are out.
  • The crate should be large enough for your dog to lie down comfortably and allow room for a food and water dish.
  • An extra leash, preferably at least six feet long.

Identification:

  • Temporary identification tag that you can write your temporary location on in case your dog is separated from you.
  • Current pictures of your dog in case he or she gets lost and you need to create posters.
  • Pictures of you with your dog to prove owership if you are separated. 

Health and Safety:

  • A two-week supply of any medications your dog is taking.
  • Medical records, including vaccination records.
  • First aid kit:
    • first aid book for dogs
    • conforming bandage (3" x 5")
    • absorbent gauze pads (4" x 4")
    • absorbent gauze roll (3" x 1 yard)
    • cotton tipped applicators (1 small box)
    • antiseptic wipes (1 package)
    • emollient cream (1 container)
    • tweezers and scissors
    • instant cold pack
    • latex disposable gloves (several pairs)
    • proper fitting muzzle