If you are lucky enough to have a companion animal in your life and home, you would likely give anything to keep them safe and healthy. Vet bills, healthy foods, supplements, toys, and all of their favorite luxuries are no problem as long as it means you are helping your dog or cat live their absolute best lives.
But what about the unexpected and uncontrollable circumstances life throws our way? Disasters can happen at anytime and to anyone. Sama Dog’s home in San Diego, California is no stranger to the unexpected wildfire or flood — and depending on where you live, you likely have your own set of threats. Are you prepared for this, considering your pet’s safety too?
Below find our TOP 5 items to keep handy in your PET’S EMERGENCY KIT ::
1. Slip Lead
Anything can happen when you are rushed, scared, and travel is restricted. Keeping a slip lead handy could be a real life-saver in an emergency. Slip leads are easy to use in high pressure situations and can be extremely useful if you run into problems with a broken or missing collar.
2. First Aid Kit
Your first aid kit should include the basics in case your dog is injured on the go. Alcohol, benadryl, and back-up medicines that the dogs takes regularly should all be part of the basic first aid kits in any house. Gauze and bandages can also be extremely helpful in emergency situations.
3. Backups of The Basics
Keeping a stock of food, water, and treats in a safe place in case of emergency may seem excessive but it is arguably the most important on our list. Disaster situations may impact your ability for last minute grocery and pet store runs. Unopened canned food, dry food, bottled water, dry treats, and cat litter or other supplies should all be kept in an easily accessible part of your house in case you ever need to grab it and go.
4. Carriers and Crates
In the case you are ever in an evacuation situation, having an extra pet carrier or crate could save you from the stress (on you and your dog) of trying to contain your dog in crowded situations. These can also come in handy if you need to travel and stay in hotels, or if your pet scares easily and would feel more comfortable in a contained space.
5. ID Tags and Records
Keeping all of your pet’s files in one place is one of the most responsible things you can do if you have a four-legged family member. Vaccination records, proof of ownership, microchip number, emergency contact information, and identification documents should al be taken with you if you need to leave your home for an extended period of time. After all, when it comes to the safety of your companion animal you can never be too prepared.
The thing is, we truly never know when an emergency could strike our home and our family. Why not take one hour RIGHT NOW, or within the next 24hrs at the latest, to put together a quick emergency kit??
Toss the above items in a backpack or large tote bag and stash it in a closet you can easily access if something were to happen. After that, you can make improvements, but at least you have something ready to go right away!