First Aid Kit For Your Pets – Emergency Preparedness

Are you ready to care for your dog if you have to evacuate in a moments’ notice?

We’ve had some deadly weather events around the country .. hasn’t it made you wonder what you would do in the event of an emergency?

How many of us have essential survival kits for our pets? If you had to leave your home quickly – what would you do? Have these items on hand and you’ve got one less thing to worry about in the event of a disaster.

Emergency Preparedness for Pets

  1. Enough bottled water for at least a week.
  2. Dog / Cat Food – Canned food or pouches regardless if you feed raw or not.  Canned food or pouches have a higher water content, so it will reduce the amount of the water your dog will need. Remember the can opener in your kit. If you feed your dog only dry food they’ll need more water than if you feed canned food.
  3. Proof of ownership and vaccinations, vet records and ID tags. We keep our dogs’ paperwork in a pocket in his carrier at all times.
  4. Harness, leash – slip lead style for panicked dogs – collar, extra bowls, portable bowls
  5. Place your pets carrier so its easily accessible at all times.
  6. If your dog takes any medications, keep them in one easy to find and handy-to-grab place.
  7. Your Contact List – Veterinarian, Family, Friends
  8. Toys, blankets, beds and anything that keeps your pet happy.

Include the following essentials in your dogs first aid kit:

  • Commercial muzzle or strip of fabric 24-36” long (to prevent biting in case of pain)
  • Hydrogen Peroxide 3% USP (to induce vomiting under Veterinarians’s guidance only) This product expires so check dates & replace as needed. If opened, replace in one month – always speak to a veterinarian professional before using this method to indue vomiting.
  • Oral Syringe
  • Tweezers or needle nose pliers
  • Sterile saline eye & wound wash – replace annually or after 30 days if opened
  •  Epsom salts (to make larger batch of saline solution to rinse wounds – 2 t. per qt.)
  •  Pediatric digital rectal thermometer and water-based lubricant
  •  Pop-top can of low/no-salt, water-packed sardines/salmon/tuna (dilute juice to make flavored water to hydrate pet, or mix with hydrogen peroxide when vomiting if indicated by veterinarian advice only)
  • Wound care items: Hand sanitizer / non-latex disposable gloves
  • Antiseptic solution, such as Betadine Co-flex cohesive bandage roll (also known as Vet Wrap)
  • Antibiotic ointment such as Polysporin
  • Conforming gauze roll 4 x 4 gauze pads/ non-stick bandages
  • Non-scented sanitary pad or cotton washcloths (for heavily bleeding wounds)
  • Clean cotton sock/t-shirt (for quick-wrapping wounds)
  • First aid adhesive tape
  • Grooming clippers
  • Blunt scissors
  • Heavy scissors
  • Duct tape
  • Styptic powder (Kwik Stop) for bleeding toenails
  • Keep a blanket/large towel, fresh water, treats and dish in your car
  • Cold packs
  • Dawn dish washing liquid

Keep in mind you shouldn’t induce vomiting with hydrogen peroxide without speaking with a veterinarian professional first. In some situations, it’s not appropriate to induce vomiting at home – speak with a professional before you attempt this procedure. 

Pet Poison Helpline: 1-800-213-6680 or visit the pet poison helpline.

According to the American Animal Hospital Assoc., 25% more pets would survive if just one pet first aid technique were applied prior to getting emergency vet care.

Hopefully, you’ll never need an emergency kit for your pets, but in case of disaster it’s always better to be prepared.

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