Top 10 Pet Emergency Items
Accidents and emergencies can happen any time, and often occur when we least expect them, and animals are just as like to be the victim of an emergency situation as humans are. Feeling stressed and panicked is completely understandable, but this can cause you to make errors which could make the circumstances worse for everyone involved. Therefore, the best way to keep everyone in your family safe is to have an emergency plan and the necessary supplies and resources to see you through – and that includes items that you will need for your pet.
To help you remain cool and calm in the face of a crisis, here are the top 10 emergency items you should have prepared for your pet.
We cannot survive without it and neither can your pet. However, if you are in a period of bad weather or a natural disaster strikes, obtaining fresh water isn’t as easy as it sounds. Experts recommend that you keep a stock of fresh water at home, ideally enough for at least a week for your entire family including your pets.
Easily the next most important thing on your emergency preparation list should be food. Most families keep a store of canned and dried food in their pantry in case a disaster should strike, and canned food is also the best option for your pet. This is because it retains moisture which will help to keep your pet hydrated. Obviously if you have a type of pet that can’t eat canned food, opt to build up a supply of whatever your creature usually feasts on.
If your pet is on any regular medication, she will need to continue taking this even if an emergency arises and you can’t get to the pharmacy to pick up the drugs she needs. If asked, most veterinarians will allow you to keep an emergency supply, so speak to them as soon as you can to arrange this.
4. First aid kit
Injuries often go hand in hand with emergency situations and your pet is as likely to be hurt as you are. Having a well-equipped first aid kit will help you to deal with any minor injuries such as cuts and abrasions or mild burns. In the case of more serious problems, it may at least help you to make your pet comfortable until you can get her professional attention. Your kit should include things like absorbent dressings, bandages, saline solution and hydrogen peroxide to sterilize a wound.
5. Leash, carrier or crate
You will need to be able to restrain your pet at times for her own safety. This could be to stop her panicking and running away or keeping her away from certain situations or other animals. The area where you live may be dangerous if you have had extreme weather, and things like flooded paths, fallen debris and even open power lines could represent a hazard. Therefore, we recommend that you have an appropriate way to keep her safe. If you have a dog, a crate is recommended as well as a leash as you will still need to take her out somewhere to do her business.
6. Familiar items
If you think you might be stressed or anxious when an emergency arises, this feeling is almost certainly compounded for your pet who probably won’t realize what is going on and why things are so out of routine for them. A few creature comforts, such as her favorite blanket and toy can help her to feel calmer and more relaxed.
7. Medical records
It is always useful to have a copy of your pet’s medical records in case they are needed by a veterinarian who needs to treat her, or by a boarding facility. Depending on the nature of your emergency situation, you may find that you are relocated to somewhere where you simply can’t take your pet with you. In these instances, your pet may need to go into the care of a clinic or boarding facility, but these services usually require proof that your animal has been sufficiently vaccinated before they will grant access. Having proof of this can help eliminate the stress of this situation.
8. Proof that you own your pet
Ideally you will have your pet microchipped and registered with a database anyway, but in the chaos that can sometimes accompany an emergency, you may need to quickly be able to prove ownership of your pet. You can do this by having any paperwork of adoption/purchase to hand, and by ensuring you can show some photos of you with her.
9. ID tags
While we are on the subject of ownership, it is also essential that you have some way of placing ID on your pet so that you can be reunited quickly and without the need to find a microchip scanner.
10. Toilet solution!
Last but not least, your pet will need to be able to pee and poop like normal, so you should be prepared for a way to facilitate this! Doggy doo-doo bags, litter trays with litter and puppy-training pads are all useful to have in store. Bear in mind that your pet may not be able to go outside to do her business, so you will have to find a way of keeping your environment clean and fresh while she goes inside.
If you would like further advice on the best things you should do to prepare for a pet emergency, please feel free to contact us and speak to our veterinary team.