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How to Prepare for Pet Emergencies

Posted on November 03 2021

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A pet emergency can happen at any moment, so it’s important to be prepared in case they’re hurt or lost. At the same time, you also need to include your pet in your emergency planning if a fire, blackout, or flood occurs.


Both you and your furry friend must stay safe at all times regardless if an evacuation occurs or you need to take them to the vet at lightning speed.


Buy Pet Insurance

As soon as you adopt your pet, buy pet insurance. The importance of getting reliable pet insurance can’t be understated because it’s the best possible way your pet will be covered in the event of an emergency. Make sure your insurance covers both accidents and illnesses.


Outfit Your Pet and Car

Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with up-to-date information. If your pet is small, keep a carrier (or leash) by the door. Microchip your pet, if you haven’t already, so you can locate your pet if they go missing. Finally, make sure your car is fitted with harnesses and pet seat belts.


Know the Fastest Route to the Vet

Print out a map to the nearest 24-hour emergency vet clinic and put it on the fridge or in your pet emergency kit. You may not be able to access the Internet, depending on the type of emergency.


Even if you know the route by heart, you may not be home to pick up your pet. A neighbor/family member will appreciate that information when they’re in a rush to help your pet.


Locate the Vet House Call Number

Some veterinarians will make house calls. Although they will charge extra, these types of vets can be helpful if your pet is too heavy for you to carry to the car or if you don’t have a vehicle. Keep that number on your vet map, so you or your neighbor/friend will immediately see it.


Create a Pet Emergency Kit

Prepare a pet emergency kit ahead of time that contains more than just $2000 in vet fees:


  • Purchase separate carriers for each pet. Write your pet's name on the carrier.
  • Include at least 2 weeks of food and water for each pet.
  • For cats, pack a litter box and litter. For dogs, pack plastic bags for poop.
  • Bring at least 2-4 weeks' worth of medication, depending on the severity of the condition.
  • Include medical records, like vaccinations, prescriptions, and medical history.
  • Write your contact information and a next-of-kin on a separate sheet of paper.
  • Include sturdy leashes and a little something from home (toy or blanket).


Leave this kit close to your door. If you have more than one exit in your home, you may want to make more than one pet emergency kit if you can’t get to one area of the house.


Make a Plan

Plan where you and your pet will stay if you need to evacuate your home or the city you live in. Pets may not be allowed at local shelters unless they’re classified as service animals. 


Evacuation centers, like the Red Cross, don’t accept any kind of pet or animal. Research shelters in your area, contact out-of-town friends or locate boarding facilities that allow pets.


Be prepared if you aren’t home during an emergency. Ask a trusted neighbor to check up on your animal or to evacuate them if necessary. When all else fails, locate an animal hospital or veterinarian that will allow you to take temporary shelter in their business.


Practice Evacuating Your Pet

To practice evacuating your pet, you first need to make sure they’re comfortable with being in a carrier for a long amount of time. Then, transport them to and from your home in your car. If you don’t have a car, make arrangements with your family, neighbors, and friends.


Ensure the entire household knows what to take, where to find your pets when they’re scared, and where to go.



We know you care deeply for your pets. Learn about the most important health factors regarding your pet here.