Are You Prepared for a Pet Emergency?
Pet emergencies happen. Being unprepared doesn't have to be part of the process.
Follow these four steps to create an Emergency Preparedness Plan that helps you take the stress out of a difficult situation.
Step 1: Fill out your emergency pet form
Our Emergency Preparedness plan includes a reusable form that organizes all your pet records in one place.
An Emergency Preparedness form is a helpful tool that reduces stress in a difficult situation.
Shot records and other important information are easily accessible for you and other care providers when organized in one place.
Share a digital or printed copy with pet sitters or boarders so they are prepared during an emergency, too.
Don't forget to place a printed copy in your emergency pet kit.
Step 2: Build your emergency pet kit
It's stressful to prepare for an emergency when you have little time to do so.
Ready.gov recommends having your kit and documents ready in advance before you need them.¹
Grocery stores and pet supply shops run out of things you will need quickly, so it's important to plan ahead.
That is why you should build a kit with two weeks' worth of pet supplies in advance should power or water sources in your area become compromised due to harsh weather conditions or if a fire, hurricane, flood, or tornado hits your area.
Include the following items:
- Pet emergency form from step one with your pet and contact details
- Pet food and water, preferably 2 weeks worth
- Supply of any pet medications and supplements
- Pet first aid kit
- Pet transport gear with needed leashes, harnesses, and carriers
- Litter box or poop bags
- A favorite toy or comfort item
- Flashlight and batteries
- Waterproof and/or fireproof container for storage of your items
- Photocopy of vaccines and rabies records
You'll find a printable version of this checklist on the last page of your pet emergency form.
Step 3: Update your pet's microchip information
Make sure your contact information is up-to-date on your pet's microchip account. A microchipped pet is far more likely to be reunited with its family than a pet without a microchip.
In fact, the American Humane society states, "Only 15 percent of dogs and 2 percent of cats in shelters without ID tags or microchips are reunited with their owners.”²
If your pet is not microchipped, you can have this simple procedure done at most vet offices. The average cost of microchip implantation is $45.³ If you're a SPOT Pet Insurance policyholder, some pet microchipping coverage is included in your plan.
If you do not have pet insurance, get a free quote, and look into our unique coverage options to help protect your pet if they get hurt or sick, and to find out more about microchip services.
Step 4: Make sure your pet is up-to-date on vaccines
In the event of an emergency where you have to evacuate to a shelter, your pet's vaccinations need to be up-to-date. Pets without current vaccines may not be accepted at shelters or boarding facilities. Check with your local animal control agency to see what your county requires.
SPOT Pet Insurance's Emergency form helps you to keep track of your pet's medical and health information, including vaccination records.
Preventive care* coverage covers some popular vaccines and can be added to SPOT Pet Insurance plans, which are available for an extra cost.
Are you financially prepared for a pet emergency?
Pet parenting should be one filled with love, not with fear or worry. Pet insurance can help you to have peace of mind.
In addition to a pet emergency plan and kit, we recommend pet insurance to help cover the cost of emergencies that require the attention of a vet.
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