Today, April 11, is National Pet Day! We all love our pets and consider them family so why aren’t we prepared for them too?
I’ve talked about having earthquake kits for you and your family but what about your pets? When a major earthquake strikes do you have emergency supplies for them? Have you even thought about that? Chances are, they would be frightened by the event just as you would so having an emergency kit for them along with some comfort toys would be a great way to calm them down. After all, you don’t want them to freak out and start running and never come back.
So What Should I Prepare?
First of all, you need a Pet First Aid kit. The one pictured above from Amazon is one of the most comprehensive pet first aid kits around and well priced.
It consists of:
- Collapsible Water Bowl – 1pc.
- Waterproof Information Card – 1pc.
- Pet Safety Guide – 1pc.
- Antiseptic Povidone – Iodine Prep Pads – 4pcs
- Hand Sanitizer Prep Pads – 4pcs
- Sting Relief Prep Pads – 4pcs
- Alcohol Cleansing Prep Pads – 4pcs
- Small Gauze Dressing Pad (2″x2″) – 2pcs
- Medium Gauze Dressing Pad (2″x3″) – 1pc.
- Tweezers – 1pc.
- Alcohol Cleansing Prep Pads – 2pc
- Thermal Foil Emergency Blanket (84 In x 52 In) – 1pc
- Gloves (Latex Free) – 2pc.
- Self-Adhesive Wrap (2 In x 5 Yard) – 1pc
- Whistle – 1pc.
- Travel Bag – 1pc.
- Pet Wast Bags – 4pc
- Emergency Reflective Tape (47 In) – 1pc
- Waterproof ID Tag – 1pc
- Emergency ID Collar (30 in) – Writable – 1pc
- Scissors – 1pc
- Cotton Swabs/Plastic Applicator – 8pc
- Tweezers w/Magnifying Glass – 1pc
- Hard Plastic Storage Case for Tweezers or Pills – 1pc
- Pill/Specimen Container – 1pc
- Large Gauze Dressing Pads (4 In x 4 In) – 2pc
- Instant Cold Compress (4 In x 5 In) – 1pc
- Self Adhesive Gauze Roll (3 In x 96 In) – 1pc
- Medium Applicator – 1pc
This Pet First Aid Kit has extra room inside for other necessary items just for your pet. Things like your pet’s favorite treats, favorite toys, medications, special vet instructions, etc. The good thing about this kit is that it’s not specific to a certain type of pet. You can use it on dogs, cats, or any other pet.
Along with the Pet First Aid Kit you should also prepare the following:
- Current photos of your pets – in case they run off and you need help locating them
- Copies of vaccination records
- Contact info for your veterinarian – in case your pet needs emergency help
- Pet food
- Manual can opener
- Treats – for calming them down
Remember that your pets count on you. Don’t expect rescue centers to have supplies for your pets, make it your responsibility. Also, with small animals, make sure they have individual carrying cases. Even if they are mellow, they may flee and get lost when frightened.
With proper preparation, you can help ensure your pet’s safety. As a pet owner it’s your obligation to be prepared for them since they are unable to prepare for themselves.
Let’s take the time to prepare for them as you would a family member.
Happy National Pet Day!
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