AVMA helps veterinarians prepare clients for evacuation

Pet owners should assemble a preparedness kit to keep their animals safe in weather-related emergencies

As Tropical Storm Barry heads toward the Gulf Coast and areas of Louisiana face potential evacuation orders, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has detailed items veterinarians should advise pet owners to keep on hand in case of an emergency.

Pet evacuation kit

Owners should prepare a pet-specific evacuation kit containing the items below. The materials should be stored in an easy-to-carry and waterproof container, located close to their home’s exit.

Food and medicine

  • Three to seven days’ worth of dry and canned (pop-top) food
  • Two-week supply of medicine
  • Seven days’ supply of water (minimum)
  • Feeding dish and water bowl
  • Liquid dish soap

First aid kit

  • Antidiarrheal liquid or tablets
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Bandage tape and scissors
  • Cotton bandage rolls
  • Flea and tick prevention
  • Isopropyl alcohol/alcohol prep pads
  • Latex gloves
  • Saline solution
  • Towel and washcloth
  • Tweezers


  • Litter, litter pan, and scoop (shirt box with plastic bag works well for pan)
  • Newspaper, paper towels, and trash bags
  • Household chlorine beach or disinfectant

Important documents

  • Identification papers (including proof of ownership)
  • Medical records and medication instructions
  • Emergency contact list (including veterinarian and pharmacy)
  • Photo of the pet

Travel supplies

  • Crate or pet carrier labeled with contact information
  • Extra collar or harness with ID tags and leash
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Muzzle

Comfort items

  • Favorite toys and treats
  • Extra blanket or familiar bedding

To access AVMA’s “Pets and Disasters” resources, click here.

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