What to Put in Your Pet’s Emergency Kit

Emergencies are scary—most of all because you simply don’t know when one might happen! If you own a pet, being prepared ahead of time is the best way to ensure your fluffy friend stays healthy. Here, a Santa Rosa vet tells you what to include in a pet emergency kit.

First-Aid Materials

Pack first-aid essentials in the event that your pet gets injured or needs medical attention. Include bandages, gauze pads, medical tape for securing gauze, tweezers, disinfectant, rubbing alcohol, scissors, nail clippers, styptic powder or a styptic pencil, and a thermometer. This way, you’ll be prepared for any minor injuries your pet might suffer.

Pet’s Medications

If your pet takes any medications regularly, you’ll need to include a supply of it in your pet’s emergency kit. If you have to evacuate your home for a while, your pet can’t simply stop taking his meds! Also remember to pack any preventative medications, like those that protect against heartworm, fleas, or ticks. Check these products often for their expiration dates, and switch it out with new medicine if needed.

Canned Food and Bottled Water

Depending on how long you may be away from home, your pet will need food and water. Pack several cans of food; it won’t spoil as quickly as dry kibble. Don’t forget a small can opener! Also pack plenty of bottled water for both you and your pet.

Pet’s Living Essentials

Pack spares of your pet’s living essentials, like a leash, collar, pet bed, toys, and a blanket. These items will make your pet feel more comfortable, and they can help instill a sense of familiarity if you’re away from home.

Medical Records

Your pet’s medical records are one of the most essential items to include in an emergency kit. If you have to take your pet to a shelter or another vet’s office that you’ve never been to before, up-to-date medical records are key. Put these documents in water-tight bags and slip them in the bottom of the kit. Talk to your vet if you need these documents updated.

Don’t forget to store your Santa Rosa vet’s phone number in your cell phone and on paper in your pet’s kit. This way, you have professional help at the push of a button!