1. black and white puppyWildfires are a big concern each year in Pagosa Springs. Learn how to prepare in advance so you can grab your pets and go in case of an emergency.
  2. Make a plan
  3. Build an emergency kit for your pet so you can grab it and go

Ready.gov: Prepare Your Pets for Disasters

FEMA: Are you Petpared for Disaster?

American Veterinary Association: Wildfire Smoke and Animals

Build an Emergency Kit

Are you prepared to take care of your pet when a disaster strikes? If not, NOW is the time to stock up on the items that you will need so you will not get caught unprepared. It may just make the difference in being able to keep your pet alive when a disaster strikes.

Just as you do with your family’s emergency supply kit, think first about the basics for animal survival, such as food and water. Have two kits, one larger kit if you are sheltering in place and one lightweight version for if you need to evacuate. Review your kits regularly to ensure that their contents, especially foods and medicines, are fresh.

Here are some items you may want to include in an emergency kit for your pet:

  1. FOOD
    A food bowl and a week’s supply of food in an airtight, waterproof container. Include a spoon and can opener if necessary for wet food.
  2. WATER
    A water bowl and week’s supply of water. Water not suitable for humans to drink is not suitable for pets either.
    Always have on hand at least a (2) week supply in a waterproof container, since your vet may not be able to open right away to fill a prescription.
    A leash, harness, backup leash, collar, updated ID and rabies tag. We recommend microchipping your pet as a more permanent form of identification. Keep a proper fitting dog harness and at least a 6 foot long leash with your disaster supplies to be used when you walk your pet – this is a stressful time for pets too, and a frightened animal can slip out of a collar, but not a harness.dog with leash in mouth
    Copies of your pet’s registration information and other relevant documents in a waterproof container and available electronically.
    Traveling bag, crate, or sturdy carrier for each pet. Be sure the cage is large enough to give the animal room to lie down and spread out, and has extra space for a litter box if necessary. During wildfire season be sure to have crates ready to grab and go with just a moment’s notice.
    Pet litter, scoop and litter box (if appropriate); newspapers, paper towels, pooper scoopers, plastic trash bags, and disinfectant to provide for your pet’s sanitation needs.
    Small container of soap for washing out your pet’s food dish. You’ll also need rags or paper towels for drying dishes and other cleanup. Grooming items such as pet shampoo.
    Check with your veterinarian to find out what he/she recommends you include in your first aid kit some suggested items include:

    • First aid book
    • Conforming bandage (3″ x 5″)
    • Absorbent gauze pads (4″ x 4″)
    • Absorbent gauze roll (3″ x 1 yard)
    • Cotton tipped applicators (1 small box)
    • Antiseptic wipes (1 package)
    • Emollient cream (1 container)
    • Tweezers and scissors
    • Instant cold pack
    • Latex disposable gloves (several pairs)
    • Proper fitting muzzle
  10. PHOTOS
    A picture of you and your pet together. If you become separated from your pet during an emergency, a photo will help you document ownership and allow others to assist you in identifying your pet.
    Put favorite toys, treats or bedding in your kit. Familiar items can help reduce stress for your pet.


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