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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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