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Including pets in your emergency planning


SPCA TIPS:

Identification

* Your pet needs to be easily identified
* It's crucial that your pet has a tag attached to its collar as well as a microchip. A microchip is a safe and permanent way of identifying your pet. You need to ensure that the chip is registered and that your contact details are always up-to-date.

Accommodation

* Designate a neighbour or friend who will be able to care for your pets if you are not able to access your home in the event of an emergency.
* Make sure they have a key to your property, be familiar with your animals, know where they are kept/might hide and where your pets' evacuation kits are located
* Contact your local council to find out about temporary boarding facilities for animals in your area in case you become separated and keep their contact details to hand

Equipment

Each one of your pets needs to have its own evacuation kit

* Check with your vet about any specific general or first aid equipment your pet might need
* Remember to check that the food, medicine and water in your emergency kit is always kept fresh and is within its expiry date.
 
Your complete pet evacuation kit

The contents of each evacuation kit will differ depending on the type of pet. This list is an example of the minimum pieces of equipment you would need for a cat, dog or rabbit etc.
 
Pet emergency kit

* A carry cage with your name and contact details clearly marked
* Two weeks' supply of dry and canned food
* Three days' supply of water kept in sealed plastic containers
* Three days' supply of litter
* A litter tray
* Non-spill travel food and water bowls
* Blankets
* Manual can opener
* Spoon
* Collar, leads and harness
* Newspaper
* Poo bags
* Toys
* Pet Alert door stickers
* Torch and spare batteries

Pet first aid kit

The contents of your first aid kit will differ depending on what kind of pet/s you have. Consult your vet to check what other items your first aid could should contain.

* Animal first aid book
* Water purification tablets
* Gloves
* Bandages-cohesive, conforming elastic, elastoplast and saffban type
* Bandage tape
* Sterile saline wash
* Antibiotic ointment
* Antiseptic ointment
* Worm treatments
* Tweezers
* Scissors
* Animal nail clippers
* Cotton wool and cotton-tipped swabs
* Thermometer
* Wooden lollipop sticks (for splints)
 
Pet information pack

Your kit should also contain copies of all relevant and up-to-date paperwork and instructions about how to care for each of your pets including:

* A list of dietary requirements and food allergies
* A medical list with the dose and frequency for any current medication; up-to-date vaccination and veterinary medical cards; a list of all medical  and behavioural conditions; contact details of your veterinary clinic
* Current photos and descriptions of each animal to help identify them and prove they are yours
* Your contact details and contact details of alternative boarding arrangements outside your area where your pet could be cared for.


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