How to Build an Emergency Kit for Your Pet

There’s just no way to know when an emergency may strike—perhaps that’s why they’re so frightening. The best thing to do is be prepared ahead of time! Here, your Lafayette, LA vet tells you how to build your pet’s emergency kit.

First-Aid Items

Most of your pet’s kit will be comprised of first-aid essentials like bandages, gauze, adhesive tape, scissors, nail clippers, tweezers, a disinfectant that is safe for pets, a styptic pen or powder to staunch bleeding, and a thermometer. Also be sure to include several pairs of latex gloves to protect your hands. Ask your veterinarian what other first-aid items will be necessary for your pet’s emergency kit.

Pet Medications

If your pet takes medications on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis to help manage or regulate a condition, you’ll need to pack a supply of these in the emergency kit. You just never know when your pet might need her medication, and it’s best to be prepared! Be sure to check any expiration dates on medications regularly, and replace the supply if necessary.

Medical Records

Medical records are an essential part of any pet emergency kit. Should you have to take your beloved companion to an unfamiliar veterinarian, rescue facility, shelter, or other area that doesn’t already have your pet’s information, medical records can be lifesavers (literally!). In a tightly sealed water-proof bag, include proof of ownership, vaccination records, and documentation of any recent medical procedures your pet has undergone.

Food and Water

A few bottles of fresh water are a good thing to pack in your kit; not only will these be good for drinking, but they’re also essential for cleaning wounds and rinsing your pet’s coat out. In addition, pack a supply of canned food (wet food won’t spoil as fast as dry kibble will) and a can opener.

Long-Term Essentials

In the event that you’ll be forced to stay away from home for a period of time, a few long-term pet essentials will be necessary to include in your kit. Pack a pet bed, carrier, soft blankets, a leash, a brush, and a few toys. These items will prove useful, and will also help to give your pet a sense of normalcy until it’s time to return home.

Your Lafayette, LA veterinarian can give you more helpful hints on assembling an emergency kit for your pet. Call the office today for more information.

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