Preparing a Pet Emergency Plan

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As with any period of crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a great deal of uncertainty and worry to many of our lives. One thing we can all do to help feel a little more secure is to put together an emergency plan for our pets, in case we need help caring for them due to COVID-19. Here’s a list of things to consider preparing as part of your emergency plan.

  • Designate a trusted pet caregiver (family, friend, neighbor, etc.), give them a set of house keys, your pet’s emergency plan and your contact info.
  • Note down important information about your pet so that it’s easily accessible for your pet’s caregiver in an emergency. Ensure this includes dosages and instructions for any medications.
  • Put together a bag of supplies for each pet (food, medicine, litter, ID, emergency contacts, vet’s contact info, proof of vaccinations).
  • Keep your pet’s leash/carrier and bag of supplies somewhere it can be easily found.
  • Dogs and cats should wear a collar or harness, rabies tag and ID tag at all times. ID tags should include your name, address and phone number, and the phone number of an emergency contact.
  • Make sure your pet’s microchip is registered and up to date.
  • If your pet takes medication, ask your vet for an extra supply.
  • Ensure your pet’s vaccines are up to date (rabies etc.), in case boarding becomes necessary.
  • Make sure you have extra cleaning products and plenty of puppy pee pads on hand in case you can’t leave your home to take your dog outside.
  • If you have neighbors who are self-quarantined or otherwise in need of help, please offer to walk their dog or take their pets for vet visits.
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