Fall 2021

Are you pup-pared for Disaster Preparedness Month?

Disaster Preparedness Month is held every September with the goal of getting people to think about (and be ready for) the unthinkable.

A little pup-paredness can save valuable time in the heat of the moment. Be ready with a pre-packed grab-and-go kit for you—and one for your pets—so you can get what you need and get to safety ASAP. But what should your pet emergency kit have in it?

Pet supplies for cats and dogs
What to include in your pet safety kit

Pet food: Keeping pets fed is fundamental to keeping them comfortable. Include a 5 days’ supply of your pets’ regular food in an airtight container to prevent spoilage. Remember to rotate in fresh cans or bags in regularly (every six months or so).

Bottled water: Dehydration is a serious concern for our pets, and clean water isn’t always available in an emergency. When assembling your to-go kit, pack at least 5 days’ worth of bottled H20.

Pet medication: If your pet needs daily or regular medication, be sure to pack extra in your to-go bag. Talk to your vet about backup prescriptions to have on hand.

Familiar item: In uncertain situations, a familiar item can reduce stress for our pets. Pack a well-loved blanket, toy or bedding to bring the comforting scent of home wherever you may be.

Portable bowls: Small, portable bowls make eating and drinking easier and safer.

Collar and leash: Always have a backup collar and leash set in your kit. Make sure that the contact info on all ID tags is up to date.

Flashlight: A reliable flashlight is helpful in a number of emergency situations. With your pet, it can serve as a guiding light for walks or potty excursions. It can also be a lifesaver when a pet runs away. Be sure to pack extra batteries.

Waste disposal: Pack up a small bag of litter and pan for cats or waste bags for dogs.

Medical records: Keep an updated list of medical conditions, vaccinations and medications in the kit for reference. Some shelters will require this information for admittance.

Contact information:

Make a handwritten list of important contacts ahead of time to know where to go, and conserve precious phone battery when it’s needed the most. Your list should include contacts for:

  • Your veterinarian
  • Emergency animal hospital
  • Local pet-friendly hotels
  • Pet-friendly emergency shelters

Photos of pet: Frightened pets may try to run away during an emergency. In case of separation, include a printed photo of you and your pet to help prove ownership.

Prepared pet parent high-fiving golden retriever

Be ready for anything
  • Rotate perishable items and update information every six months
  • Store food and documents in waterproof containers
  • Update microchip and tags every time you move

And, of course, you can rest assured knowing that your pet is protected from the unexpected by Nationwide. In an emergency situation, you can go to any vet, anywhere with your policy.

Sweater weather safety

Sweater weather is arriving, and that means cool mornings, falling leaves and all things pumpkin flavored! It also means seasonal changes that can present new dangers to pets.

Protect the little pumpkins in your life by sharing our seasonal e-card with helpful tips.
Sweater weather safety

Sweater weather is arriving, and that means cool mornings, falling leaves and all things pumpkin flavored! It also means seasonal changes that can present new dangers to pets.

Protect the little pumpkins in your life by sharing our seasonal e-card with helpful tips.
Sweater weather safety

Sweater weather is arriving, and that means cool mornings, falling leaves and all things pumpkin flavored! It also means seasonal changes that can present new dangers to pets.

Protect the little pumpkins in your life by sharing our seasonal e-card with helpful tips.
Sweater weather safety

Sweater weather is arriving, and that means cool mornings, falling leaves and all things pumpkin flavored! It also means seasonal changes that can present new dangers to pets.

Protect the little pumpkins in your life by sharing our seasonal e-card with helpful tips.

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