- Bring pets inside at the first sign or warning of a storm or disaster.
- Get a “Rescue Alert” Sticker – Place on the front and back doors of your home, this way rescue workers will know that you have pets inside. You can order them online at www.aspca.org or www.amazon.com.
- Arrange a safe haven in advance. If you must evacuate your home, make sure you have a safe place for your pets… DO NOT LEAVE THEM BEHIND.
- Contact your local Veterinarian for a list of preferred boarding facilities.
- Identify hotels and motels outside your immediate area, see if they would accept pets.
- Ask friends and family outside your immediate area if they would be willing to care for your pets.
- Make a list of designated caregivers.
- Make sure all pets wear collars and tags with up to date identification information on them, including: Pet’s name, Phone number, and Medical Alerts ex. Diabetic, Epileptic. The ASPCA and Sullivan County Animal Hospital recommend microchipping your pet as a permanent form of identification. Collars and tags may fall off or be removed from your pet, but the microchip cannot. Also, make sure your name, phone number, and pet’s name are on pet carriers.
- Make an EVAC-PAK.
- 3-7 days’ worth of canned (pop top) or dry food. Be sure to rotate food every 2 months so it stays fresh
- Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are perfect)
- Litter or paper towels
- Liquid dish soap and disinfectant
- Disposable garbage bags for clean-up
- Pet feeding dishes and water bowls
- Extra collar, harness, and leash
- Photocopies and/or USB of medical records and a waterproof container with a 2-week supply of any medication your pet requires (Remember, food and medications need to be rotated every 2 months out of your emergency kit-otherwise, they may go bad or become useless.)
- At least 7 days’ worth of bottled water for each person and pet (store in a cool, dry place and replace every 2 months)
- A traveling bag, crate, or sturdy carrier; ideally one per pet
- Flashlight (check batteries often)
- Recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated and need to make lost posters)
- Especially for cats: Pillowcase, toys, scoopable litter
- Especially for dogs: Extra leash, toys, chew toys, and 1 weeks’ worth of cage liners
- Make a Pet First Aid Kit.
PET FIRST AID KIT
– Gauze Pads
– Adhesive Tape
– Gauze Rolls
– Sterile Non-Stick Gauze Pads
– Towels – Washcloth/Hand/Bath for wrapping large wounds
– Large Safety Pins – to secure towels
– Vet Wrap or Coban (self stick wrap) – to protect sprains/strains/wound dressings/compresses
– Antiseptic Wipe, Lotion, Powder, Spray
– Sterile Saline (to flush eyes and wounds)
– Triple Antibiotic Ointment
– Honey (for low blood sugar or wound dressing use)
– Wound Spray
– Blanket (a foil emergency blanket)
– Cotton Balls
– 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (to induce vomiting if directed by Dr. or Poison Control)
- To be given if ingestion occurred less than 2 hours ago.
- Dose for Dogs: 1 teaspoon (5 mls) by mouth per 10 pounds of body weight for dogs. Allow dog to walk around after administration to increase effectiveness.
- MAXIMUM DOG DOSE: 9 teaspoons or 3 Tablespoons (45 mls) every 15 minutes, up to 4 times
- Dose for Cats: 1 teaspoon (5 mls) by mouth for cat. Allow cat to walk around after administration to increase effectiveness.
- MAXIMUM CAT DOSE: 1 teaspoon (5 mls), may repeat ONLY ONCE, in 15 minutes.
- Large syringe or turkey baster for administration of peroxide.
Milk of Magnesia “Maalox” – (to absorb poisons by speeding up GI transit time/Laxative, if directed by Dr. or Poison Control)
- To be given if ingestion occurred 2 or more hours ago, or if vomiting is NOT recommended
- Dose for dog: 1 teaspoon (5 mls) by mouth per 10 pounds of body weight for dogs. Give ONLY ONCE.
- MAXIMUM DOG DOSE: 4 teaspoons (20 mls) by mouth. Give ONLY ONCE.
- Dose for cat: 1 teaspoon (5 mls) by mouth per cat – give ONLY ONCE
- Large syringe or turkey baster for administration of Maalox
– Ice Packs (that activate when squeezed)
– Non-Latex Disposable Gloves
– Petroleum Jelly
– Rectal Thermometer (should not be above 103 degrees F or fall below 100 degrees F)
– Alcohol Wipes (to clean thermometer)
– Scissors (Blunt)
– Benadryl 25 mg Tablets (for allergic reactions/bee sting)
- Dose: 1-2 mg per pound, by mouth, may repeat dose in 6 hours
- Examples: 10 lb dog: give 0.5 tablet; 30 lb dog: give 1.5 tablets; 60 lb to 70 lb dog: give 3 tablets; 80 lb to 100 lb dog: give 4 tablets
– Expired Credit Card – to scrape away bee/insect stingers
– Pen Light or Flashlight
– Ear Cleaning Solution
– Needle Nose Pliers
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
Sullivan County Animal Hospital: 812-268-6812
Poison Control: Toll Free: 1-800-222-1222
Animal Poison Control: Not Toll Free: 1-888-426-4435
- Make an Emergency Kit for Human Members of the Family.
- Batteries, flashlight, radio, multi tool, tarp, rope, permanent marker, duct tape, spray paint, baby wipes, protective clothing and footwear, extra cash, rescue whistle, important phone numbers, extra medications, and copies of medical and insurance information.