Tips for Dog Owners on How to Prepare A Dog Emergency Kit
Life can be quite unpredictable, and you never know when a disaster will surface, for both you and your dog. If you share a home with a dog, then you will undoubtedly want to keep a dog emergency kit on hand at all times. A dog emergency kit, sometimes referred to as a dog disaster kit or a dog survival kit, is an essential pack that holds all the necessary tools to help your pup in case something goes wrong. If you are on a mission to create your own, here are some tips on optimize its value.
Know Your Local Disasters and Lifestyle Influences
One of the first tips is to know the area you live in and what kind of disasters could happen. Knowing this information will drastically help you with what to pack for your furry friend. Do you live in an area that is prone to hurricanes? Are blizzards or wildfires frequent in or around your location? Identifying what the most ordinary things are is a great place to start.
Another thing to keep in mind is your lifestyle. Do you go camping with your dog often to breathe in that fresh mountain air? If so, accidents that can occur on these trips, such as broken legs, ticks, or cuts, is something to keep in the back of your mind when packing supplies.
What to Pack
Now for the fun part, packing. There are quite a bit of components you will want to add, so make sure to get a big enough kit to hold it all. A popular option among dog owners is a hefty tool or tackle box, which does the trick perfectly. Now, let's say you already have a high-quality dog emergency kit and are ready to start filling it with the necessary equipment. Here is a list of vital things you will not want to forget.
Health and Wellness
- Bottled water or a water purifier
- Dog food that will last at least a week
- Travel bowls
- Toys and chew toys
- Blankets (this will help reduce your dog’s anxiety)
- Extra leash, collar, and harness
- Soft muzzle (if they get scared and start to bite at others)
- Emergency contacts
- Photos of your pet in case they get separated
- Vaccination records and any medical history
- Veterinarian’s contact information
- Any needed medications with instructions
- Bandaging supplies (medical gauze, adhesive tape, non-stick bandages)
- Triple antibiotic ointment or cream
- Vaseline (or similar ointment)
- Wound cleaner (Iodine or chlorhexidine)
- Cotton Balls
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Antibiotic Spray/Ointment
- Instant-cold packs (great for bee or wasp stings)
- Digital Thermometer
- Dog life jacket and paw protectors
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Duct tape
- Tweezers and/or a tick remover
- Magnifying Glass
- Syringes (can be used to flush out eye wounds and give oral medications)
- Exam gloves
- Towels and rags
For more ideas on what you should pack, check the video below:
Keep your Kit Up to Date
If you feel confident that you have the ultimate dog emergency kit and can take on any disaster that comes your way, that is great! Now you need to keep it that way. There would be nothing worse than an actual catastrophe occurring, and you find that your kit is completely outdated with useless equipment.
To avoid this scenario from ever happening, every six months or so, go through your kit and make sure that nothing has expired, such as food or water. Furthermore, replace any medical documentation, contact information, medications, or ointments that are outdated so you can know for sure that if you need to use your kit that everything is viable. Something to consider doing to stay diligent on this aspect is to document when you replace these items, so you do not forget or go too long without checking.
A dog emergency kit is the best way for you to be fully prepared to give your pup the best care if or when a disaster strikes. Though it is excellent for minor first aid, such as ticks or cuts, it could quite possibly save their life if the circumstance was critical. Make sure that the items listed above are all in your kit to ensure that you can cover an extensive range of pop-up challenges. In addition, always take it with you no matter what. Keeping your kit nearby will not only give you the peace of mind knowing you are well equipped, but it will also be something you will certainly want around if something actually does happen to your dog.