What to Put in a Disaster Kit for Your Dog
Unfortunately, disasters happen. Sometimes you can predict it and get out of the way. Other times, you can't. Preparation is key, but most people don't know how to prepare for their pup's survival. Don't find yourself in a tight situation with your pups and no way to care for them. Decide with everyone in your household on a disaster room, and practice going to that room safely on a regular basis. Also, make sure to have a disaster kit for you and your pup. Below is a list of items worth putting in your dog's disaster kit. Make sure to put these items in a safe place near your designated "disaster room" and in a water-safe container.
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What to Put in Your Dog's Disaster Kit
The following items should be included in your dog's disaster kit:
Bottled water. Try to keep about seven days worth of water in supply, making sure to keep up with expiration dates. Keeping your pup hydrated with clean, fresh water is highly important. Do not let them drink water off the ground, as you don't know if it is contaminated or not.
Food. Again, keep about seven days worth of food in supply, while paying attention to expiration dates. Make sure to keep the food in a bag or container that will keep it dry.
Bowls or Tupperware. Your pup will need something clean to eat and drink out of, so pack some extra bowls or Tupperware.
Medication. If your pup is on any medication, keep a week's supply in their disaster kit. Make sure to pay attention to expiration dates as many medications will become useless or render a different effect once expired.
A copy of their medical history. Keeping a copy of their vaccine history and any pertinent information will be important if you lose those kinds of files in a disaster. You will need them if you need to board your pups or stay in a hotel or shelter.
Toys and treats. Toys and treats will keep your pups stimulated until you can replenish their stash of goodies. It will be comforting to them to have something familiar to hold onto.
A blanket. A blanket can be a source of warmth, comfort, and protection to your dog. If there is a tornado, covering them with a thick blanket can keep them protected from flying debris.
Leashes. You'll need a leash to keep your pup close and for after the disaster hits. It is important not to let your dog wander off on their own. Pets often become disoriented when their home and environment are uprooted. Keeping them on a leash will keep them close and safe until things calm down.
Plastic bags. If you are trapped in your basement for any amount of time, you don't want to spend that time surround by your dog's feces. Pack away some plastic bags for clean up.
First aid supplies. Unfortunately, there is always the potential that your fur-baby will get hurt in a storm. Make sure to pack first aid supplies so that you are ready to care for them in the absence of a veterinarian. See below for a list of good first aid supplies to keep on hand.
First Aid Supplies for Your Dog's Disaster Kit
First aid supplies to keep on hand for your pup includes:
- #1 : a guide on first aid in dogs. You don't want to wing-it and hope for the best; make sure you know what you are doing.
- Contact information for your veterinarian, your local emergency clinic, and animal poison control
- Scissors with a round tip
- Cornstarch or Kwik-stop
- Syringes - for flushing wounds or eyes.
- Cotton balls
- Gatorade or another sports drink - the electrolytes in the sports drinks could be vital when your pup is under the stress that comes with any disaster.
- Karo syrup - if your pup gets hypoglycemic, they could be in danger. Keep Karo syrup on hand in case they need some sugar.
- Medical tape
- Non-stick pads
- Triple antibiotic ointment
- Saline wash
- Hydrogen peroxide - this is used to induce vomiting if your dog eats something dangerous. You should always contact your veterinarian before dispensing, though, as some things are safer if your pup doesn't throw them up.
- Activated charcoal - this is good for if your dog eats something poisonous or toxic. Always contact a veterinarian before dispensing to your pup.
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