Pet First Aid and Preparedness Kits, The Essential Item List

Many people can agree that being prepared for an emergency is important for themselves and their family. How many people actually understand the importance of being prepared for EVERYONE in their household? Surprisingly, people tend to forget about their pets. Having a plan and an emergency kit for your pets ensures that you won’t have to leave them behind when disaster strikes.first aid kit for dogs

You should have two scenarios when preparing an emergency plan for your pet: sheltering in place and evacuating. In case of an evacuation, you want to do your research ahead of time to find shelters or hotels that can accommodate your pets. Perhaps you have family or friends that you all can stay with. This could save a lot of time for you and you won’t have to make the hard decision to leave someone behind.

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In both scenarios, you want to make sure to have an emergency kit and enough supplies for your pets. Your pet’s emergency kit should be packed together and ready to go when you are. You can pack the kit inside sturdy Mylar bags or plastic totes; keeping the items contained and waterproof.

An Adequate Pet Emergency Kit Should Include:

 

  • Collar and tag with identification
  • Leash
  • Crate or carrier
  • Food and food bowls
  • Water
  • Toys
  • Treats
  • First aid supplies
  • Blanket
  • Medical paperwork
  • Medication
  • Pictures of your pets (in case they go missing)
  • Instructions on care and feeding (in case you have someone else care for your pets)
  • Blankets
  • Items for waste disposal

Pets will be under extreme stress and could act out in fear so you may want to consider including a muzzle in their emergency kit. A muzzle could prevent your pet from biting a person or someone else’s pet. You want to take precautions to ensure that your pet is safe and that others are safe around your pet.

If your pet does bite someone or is bitten themselves, your first aid kit will be a great resource. Learn how to use the items in the kit and some basic animal first aid.

Your Pet’s First Aid Kit Should Include:

 

  • Absorbent gauze pads
  • Tape
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Gauze rolls
  • Hydrogen peroxide (can be used to induce vomiting)
  • Ice pack
  • Scissors
  • Gauze pads
  • Tweezers

 

 

You can also purchase our medical kits to supplement your first aid kit. Our medical kits were originally designed for humans, but can also work on your pets. If your pet is injured and is excessively bleeding, you can use our kit’s tourniquet and the Celox powder to stop the bleeding. The bandages can be used to stabilize any strains or fractures your pet may receive.

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In addition to the items mentioned above, you may want to consider including medications to your pet’s emergency kit. Obviously, you would want to include their prescribed medication, but there are some general medications you might need. There are a few human medications that are safe for your pets. For example, dogs can take Aspirin, Benadryl, and Pepcid AC. Please check with your veterinarian on specific medications and dosages that are safe for your pets. I have an index card with a list of medications and dosages for my pet that I slip into their first aid kit.

 

Unfortunately, people are forced to abandon their pets during emergencies because they weren’t prepared. If you’re prepared there will be no need to make the decision on who your resources and supplies will go to. It will take some time and effort to get your kits assembled and for you to draft a plan, but it will save you time when something does happen and it could potentially save your pet’s life

I am a retired US Marine and damn proud of it. I was Marine infantry during the Iraq invasion and after my deployment I went back as part of a paid private security team. I have seen proper first aid and preparedness save lives and lack of preparedness cause death. I have a passion for safety and being ready for anything. Trust me when I say this, at some point in your life the shit will hit the fan. You need to be ready. Follow us on twitter, https://twitter.com/scorpiomedkit

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