Emergency Kits For Our Pets
Emergencies can happen at any time and it’s important for us to be prepared. But when we are gathering our items to include in our own kits we need to remember to include emergency kits for our pets as well.
Basic First Aid Items To Include In Every Kit
Wether you call it an emergency kit, disaster kit, first aid kit or evacuation kit you need to keep it well stocked and ready to grab or use in a moments notice. A plastic container or duffel bag that can easily be carried by one person would be ideal.
There are a lot of first aid items that can be used for people as well as for pets but there are items that would be needed specific to your pets. The following is a list of the basic items to include and some more specific items for your pet.
Ointments For WoundCare
- Antibiotic ointment and antibiotic wipes
- Antiseptic wash or wipes such as betadine
- Medicated Bag Balm
- Clotting agent to stop wound bleeding
- Mild liquid dish detergent
- Large Syringe to flush wounds
- Sterile eye wash and Ophthalmic ointment
- Gauze – both square pads (non-stick and absorbent) and gauze rolls
- Non-stick bandages, and adhesive tape
- Vet Wrap – a stretchy bandage wrap that clings to itself so no tape or hooks are needed (be careful not to wrap it too tight it can act like a tourniquet – It’s best to pull some off the roll before you start wrapping)
- Medical tape
- Scissors – both bandage scissors and standard scissors
- Rubber gloves and goggles
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Battery powered lantern
- Bottled water for you and your pet
- Icy packs
- Hand warmers
- Towels – a variety of sizes
- Wash cloths
- Blankets – basic throw blanket and emergency blankets
- Disposable Cleaning Wipes
- Wet wipes
- Pet washing wipes
Additional Pet Specific Emergency Items
- Camping or collapsible food and water bowls
- Individual packages (or small packages) of food and treats (unopened)
- Ear wash
- Toenail trimmer and styptic powder (if you do not have styptic powder you can use cornstarch)
- Extra Collar, harness and leash
- Muzzle (a soft one or something that can be used as a muzzle, soft gauze or even a knee-high sock)
- Extra poop bags
- A favorite toy and coat (think thunder shirt)
- First aid books for people and pets
- Your pet prescription medications (enough for a few days at least)
- Pain relief for your pet, check with your vet for their recommendation
- Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) Talk to your vet for dosage information
- Flea and tick medication
- Copies of your pets medical records (including vaccination records)
- A list of important phone numbers (your vet, emergency vets etc.) add these numbers to your cell phone also
Building A Kit Is Just The First Step
Putting together your emergency kits are just the first step. It is important to make sure you know how to use all the items in the kit just in case you do have an emergent situation where you need to use them. Time may be of the essence and you may not have time to read up on what to do. Be sure to keep your kits complete and ready to go at anytime. In a true emergency there may not be cell phone service or power so be sure to allow for these circumstances.
(For instance when our power is out we do not have water either)
There are several options of complete kits that you can buy that are ready to go. Your can easily add items to personalize it to your specific needs, your veterinarian might be able to give you a list of additional items to include specific to your own pets.
Your might want to consider making kits for your vehicles including your car, motor home, camper or horse trailer. If you are ever in an emergency situation you will be glad you took the time to include supplies for your pets as well.
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