Here's What to Put in Your Pet's "Go Bag"

July 15th is National Pet Fire Safety Day and June was National Safety Month and as pet owners, we should follow the Boy Scout motto – Always Be Prepared.

Unexpected emergencies happen. Please make sure that you have a "go bag" for your pets. You can use this bag if there is an emergency like a flood, earthquake, fire, etc., where you need to evacuate your home quickly or a snowstorm where you lose power in your home. You can also use it when you travel with your pet either to go hiking in the gorge or on a camping trip We keep one for our dog in our motorhome. A backpack or duffle bag works well and is even better if it is waterproof. Color code the bags for each pet and have them well labeled. In each bag you should have the following:

1) Bottled water and food to last for at least 3 days

2) A two week supply of any medication your pet is currently taking

3) Pet first aid kit (more about this at the bottom of the blog)

4) Phone numbers of your veterinarian (503-246-3373), nearest emergency clinic (with directions) and the ASPCA Poison Control Center (1-800-426-4435)

5) Paperwork for your pet in a waterproof envelope or Ziplock bag with a copy of their current Rabies Certificate, copies of medical records and current photo of your pet (in case they become lost) OR know your login for ePetHealth to access your pet’s records online.

6) Extra leash & extra collar

7) Muzzle

8) Self-sticking bandage material

9) Bottle of Benadryl – especially if your pet is allergic to insect bites

10) Sanitary napkins- make great pressure wraps/ bandages with self-sticking bandage material

11) Crate/carrier- especially for your cat(s)

12) Blanket


Your “go bag” may not only be useful for you and your pet but may allow you to help someone else's pet in need.

About the pet first aid kit- you can find some pre-packaged kits online but it is easy to assemble one on your own. The Humane Society has an excellent list for things to include in a first aid kit at http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/pet_first_aid_kit.html

Remember to restock your "go bag” after you have used any items. It is a good idea to review the contents of the bag and check for expired drugs on daylight savings days just like you change the batteries in your smoke detector. Keep your four-legged, furry friends safe if any unexpected emergency happens.


Dr. Julie Grossen