Creating a Pet Emergency Kit
Do you know what you would do if your pet experienced an emergency medical situation? One of the most important things you can do as a responsible animal owner is to create a pet first aid kit that can be easily accessed if and when the situation arises. Here is some advice from a Euless emergency veterinarian on what items you’ll need to gather to create a kit like this for your home.
First, gather all the important documentation about your pet and make copies. This may include identification, license, and proof of vaccinations. You’ll also want to gather a list of important phone numbers so they’ll be all together in your emergency kit should you need to access it. This list should include contact information for your family vet and your Euless emergency veterinarian.
Next, put together some necessities that your pet may require if there were a natural disaster or other type of unforeseen event, such as a hurricane or tornado. This will include bottled water and canned food (don’t forget the can opener!), as well as an extra supply of any medications your pet requires. Include a collar, leash and pet carrier, if necessary. This will make it easier to quickly relocate with your pet if need be.
Next, you’ll want to include a number of items that can be used to administer first aid, should your pet emergency involve an injury or illness. These items include:
- Non-stick bandages
- Gauze pads
- Adhesive tape
- Eyedropper for giving oral medication
- Activated charcoal for accidental poisoning (to be given only by instruction from your Euless emergency veterinarian)
Finally, you may wish to include some creature comforts for your animal that make them feel safe, such as a favorite toy. Just like humans, animals can find comfort in being close to an article that they treasure, which can help ease the tension of an emergency situation.
Once you’ve assembled your kit, be sure to store it in a safe, dry place where it can be easily accessed in the event of an emergency. By following this list, and knowing how to quickly get ahold of your Euless emergency veterinarian, you’ll have a much better chance of keeping your pet safe, helping to guide them through whatever urgent situation arises, and ensuring that the outcome is a happy one for everyone.