When people think of
emergency situations like hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes, they often
think of the supplies they need to stock. Most of the time, they don’t consider
which pet supplies they need. If you’re stocking up food and water for your
family that will last you a couple of weeks, you also need to stock up on
supplies for your pet. In a major natural disaster, many stores are unable to
open or only have limited supplies. If you fail to stock up on pet supplies,
you may be unable to purchase supplies after an emergency.
Food and Water
The two most
fundamental pet supplies include food and water. Just like people, your pets
will need a couple weeks worth of emergency food and water. Dry dog and cat
food lasts a long time, so make it a habit to keep a couple extra bags or boxes
of food in the pantry. If it gets close to expiring before you can use it, just
restock with fresh food and use the older food to feed your pet. If your pet
enjoys moist food, consider buying in bulk at a discount store and keeping it
frozen or in a cool place to extend the shelf life.
It’s easy to stock up
on water, just add an extra gallon or two to your regular supply and designate
it for your dog or cat. Animals don’t need as much water as people, so a couple
gallons should get you through a short duration of time following an emergency.
If possible, fill an automatic water jug that attaches to a bowl with treated
water. This way your pet will have fresh water at all times following an
Extra Pet Supplies for Emergency
Some other items you
may need in an emergency include disposable dishes for food and water. If you
need to stay away from home following an emergency, disposable dishes make it
easier to travel with your pet. You may also want an extra pet bed, an extra
collar and leash, an emergency supply of necessary medications, and a first aid
kit with gauze, bandage tape, and antibiotic gel for minor cuts and scrapes.
While most of the pet
supplies you should stock up on are only meant to cover the basics during an
emergency, you can keep an extra supply of treats and blankets to make sure
your pet is comfortable should you become displaced or be without heat or air
for a considerable amount of time. By planning supplies for both you and your
pet, everyone will remain calm and comfortable following an emergency.