Create a Pet Emergency Kit

Keep all your pet’s emergency items together in a large bag or bin – something that can be carried easily. Make sure that all family members know the location of the kit, in case of an emergency.

Remember to rotate items such as food, water and medications every two months or so.

Food and Water

  1. 3-7 days' worth of canned or dry food
  2. Bottled water, at least 7 days' worth for each pet
  3. Can opener
  4. Pet feeding dishes


Ask your vet about the best medications and items for your pet.
  1. 14-day supply of medications (in waterproof container)
  2. Anti-diarrhea medication (ask your vet)
  3. Antiseptic cream/cleaner (ask your vet)
  4. Bandages, gauze strips, cotton balls
  5. Hydrogen peroxide (cleaning wounds, inducing vomiting – do not do this unless instructed to!)
  6. Scissors
  7. Tweezers


  1. A traveling bag, crate, cage or sturdy carrier
  2. Blanket (for comfort or covering cages)
  3. Disposable garbage bags for clean-up, scooper, newspaper
  4. Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are perfect)
  5. Extra collar, harness and leash (make sure they fit properly)
  6. Litter
  7. Flashlight
  8. Grooming/hygiene items (brush, shampoo, nail clippers, etc.)
  9. Liquid dish soap and disinfectant
  10. Paper towels
  11. Towel
  12. Toys

Important Documents

Keep these documents in a waterproof bag or folder.
  1. Photocopies of medical and vaccination records
  2. Copies of prescriptions and instructions for medications
  3. Photocopies of pet insurance cards and policies
  4. Photocopies and details of ID tags, tattoos, microchips and licenses
  5. Recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated and need to make "Lost" posters)
  6. A written description of your pet:
    • Pet’s name
    • Breed
    • Sex
    • Age
    • Description of coat, color and markings (scars, spots, etc.)
    • Height
    • Weight
    • Microchip or tattoo numbers
    • Color of collar/leash/tags
    • Any other important details

List of important phone numbers:

  1. Veterinarian
  2. 24-hour emergency veterinary hospital
  3. National poison control hotline
  4. Pet insurance agent
  5. Local animal shelter
  6. Neighbor who is familiar with your pet
  7. Groomer
  8. Kennel/boarder
  9. Pet sitter
  10. List of pet-friendly hotels/motels nearby

Updated: 10/2009