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What to do with your pet in an emergency

Find out what to do if you need to move your pet at short notice because of an emergency, e.g. due to fire or flood.

Food and water

Make sure you have enough food and water for your pet to last 48 hours. Make sure they have their water and feeding bowls.


During an emergency animals need to be transported in a safely. Make sure you have suitable cages for each of your animals. There should be enough room for the animal to stand, turn around and lie down.

If you own a dog, make sure that they have a well-fitted collar or harness and lead. It is advisable to have spares.


Pets should be tagged and microchipped (where possible) and the details should be up to date. You should have photographs of your pet to identify them if they are lost.


If your animal is receiving medication you should have enough with you. 

Toys and blankets

Having your animal's favourite toy or blanket may help it feel more at ease with its new surroundings.

Contact details

Make sure that you have the contact details of anyone that may be able to look after your pet at short notice.

This may stop your animal having to go into boarding kennels and will be far less stressful for them.


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