An emergency happens at the worst time. Never when you are “prepared.” But for your pet, an emergency is on another level. They can’t grab their keys, laptop and wallet and head out the door. But you as a dog mom or dog dad can preplan and have a pet disaster preparedness kit ready to go. Having a kit and a plan in place will give pet parents peace of mind.
Make It A Double
Whether you are at home or in your car, emergencies can strike. Worst possible scenarios can and will happen. As a dog lover, you want peace of mind. The best plan of action is to have two kits for home and away. Inexpensive backpacks are all you need to fill for your pet preparedness kit.
All The Things
Now, what do you need for you DIY emergency kit? Here is a great starting point to fill up those packs:
- Bottled water
- One to two weeks’ worth of your pet’s dry food (remember to change this out frequently to keep it fresh)
- Canned food with pop-off tops
- Collapsible food and water bowls
- Leash, collar and harness (an extra set for each pack just in case)
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Comfort Item (buy an extra Mr. Lambchop at the pet store)
- Basic pet first-aid kit
- A traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier, ideally one for each pet
- Vaccination records and medical history
- Veterinarian’s contact information
- List of medications
- Emergency contacts (all your doggy friends and family)
Pet First Aid
You need one. You can fill it all with easy stuff from your local drug and pet store!
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Antibiotic Ointment
- Cotton Balls
- Gauze, Scissors, Tape, Rubber Gloves, Tweezers
- Wet Wipes
- Styptic Powder
- Ice Pack
- Comfort Item
One of the easiest ways you can prepare for an emergency is to make sure your dog is micro-chipped. In the event of a disaster and your dog gets lost, a microchip can help them get back to you safely. Microchipping is the process of inserting a tiny electronic chip (about the size of a grain of rice) under the pet’s skin. The microchip contains important personal data with a unique id number that links your pet back to you, ensuring that you can easily reclaim them if they are lost.
You are your dog’s best friend. You will never leave them behind. Having a plan in place will make sure you and your pet stay together. At Dog Is Good, this is our favorite message:
Where I go, dog follows.
Where I stop, go settles.
When I am lost, dog finds me.
When I am joyful, dog joins me.
Who I am, dog knows.
What I needs, dog becomes.