Monday, 14 November 2016

Do You Have a Pet Emergency Evacuation Kit?

Disaster can strike at any time, and when that happens you and your pets may need to evacuate with very little notice.  Evacuation centres will generally cater for the needs of humans but it’s important to have an emergency kit ready to go for your furs.  That kit needs to be kept together in one place, and in a bag or container that can be grabbed with little warning.  Here’s what your kit should include:

      1.  Food
Keep a one week supply on hand.  Canned wet food is a great option as it provides moisture to help keep your pet hydrated when water supplies are difficult to come by.

      2.  Can Opener
Critical if you are packing canned food without an easy-tear lid.

      3.  Bowls
Consider collapsible travel bowls to save space.

      4.  Water
      Aim to have a one week supply available for every family member, including your pets.

      5.  Rescue Remedy
      Evacuations can be incredibly stressful, so pack a bottle of rescue remedy to help keep your little critters as calm as possible.

      6.  Medication
Speak to your vet ahead of time and make sure you have at least a one-week supply of pet meds available in case disaster strikes.  Don’t allow your pet’s regular medication to drop below this level.

7.  Vaccination Records
Keep these in a zip locked bag.  These are critical if you have to put your pet in a boarding facility.  Many evacuation centres do not cater for pets so there is a chance you may be separated from them.

8.  Photographs
Again, keep these in a zip locked bag or on your phone.  You will need these to locate your pet if they go missing and/or to provide proof of ownership if you are separated.

9.  A Lead and a Tie-Out Anchor for Large Animals
A lead is great, but a tie-out anchor is better.  A tie-out anchor allows you to put a stake in the ground and tether larger animals such as dogs so you don’t need to keep a hold on their lead.

10.  A Carrier for Each Small Animal
Many people have one cat carrier for trips to the vet.  But, if you have more than one small animal you’re going to be in trouble.  Make sure you have enough carriers to accommodate all your smaller pets – including rabbits and guinea pigs.  Collapsible carriers are the best option as they can be stored more easily than the older style, rigid carriers

11.  A Litter Tray
Pack a litter tray – particularly if you have cats.  Aluminium baking trays are a great option as they’re inexpensive and lightweight.  Litter can take up a lot of room though, so aim to use soil rather than taking litter with you.

12.  Wet Wipes
Accidents do happen and are far more likely when pets are scared.  Pack a supply of wet wipes in case of emergency.

13.  A First Aid Kit
Make sure you have basic first aid items on hand, including gauze bandages.  Remember though that many human first aid items are toxic to pets – including Panadol and Savlon.  Speak to your vet about keeping a range of pet-friendly first aid items on hand in case of emergency.

14.  Fit Your Pets with a Collar and Name Tag
This is the easiest way for people to identify your pet and reunite them with you if you become separated.

15.  Microchip Your Pet
Collars and name tags can fall off, so make sure your pets are microchipped and registered with a microchip registry in advance.

16.  Sign Your Pets up With Inspector Spot
Finally, get your pets signed up as members of Inspector Spot BEFORE disaster strikes.  We store all your pet’s details electronically, and once your pet has been a member for 30 days we will search for them for free if they become separated from you during an emergency.  For more details, visit us at

1 in 3 Pets Go Missing.  We Find Them.  If your pets are not already members of Inspector Spot, get them signed up today.

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