Prepare for an Emergency: an article by Troy Animal Hospital

Although it’s never fun to think about, emergency situations do arise and it’s better to be prepared ahead of time for them. When you have pets, you need to plan for their care as well as your own.

You may need to evacuate your home or regular services may not be available, so the following is a list of items you should have on hand.

  • Several days worth of food. If your pet is on a special diet, you may want to have at least a week’s worth on hand.
  • Health/vaccination records

  • Any medications your pet is on. Be sure they have clear instructions as to when and how much your pet needs

  • Litter pan and litter if you have a cat

  • An ID tag or microchip, if your pet gets separated from you, these will help ensure they find their way back to you. A recent photo is also a good idea

  • Bottled water for you and your pet

  • Leash for your dog and a pet carrier for your cat or small pet. If you have a larger bird, be sure you have a small travel cage available.

  • A blanket or clothes item your pet can snuggle with, while not an absolute need, may be comforting for them

  • Phone numbers of friends or boarding kennels that can keep your pet if the need arises. Emergency shelters may not allow pets so it’s important to have an alternative place for your pet to stay. You may also want to keep track of what motels in the area allow pets

  • If you have a dog that isn’t always friendly with other people or pets, having a basket muzzle available will make everyone’s life easier

 Hopefully you will never need to use any of your emergency items, but it’s certainly better to be prepared just in case that time comes. Your pet is depending on you for its safety.

Here at Troy Animal Hospital we work hard to provide the highest quality veterinary care for your beloved pets. You can reach us at


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