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June 2, 2011

What Every Pet Owner Must Know in an Emergency

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Hiking? Swimming? Canoeing? For the outdoor enthusiast and pet lover, all of these activities may seem like the perfect way to spend your summer. But, what if one camping trip or hike up the mountains leaves your beloved pet in an emergency situation?

Pets get hurt everyday. There is no way around it. Animals are curious creatures. It was even curiosity that killed the cat. Puppies eat everything in sight. Chasing cars can be the highlight of a dog’s day.  Animals that spend time outdoors find themselves into trouble, sometimes serious. Being prepared can be the difference between life and death for your animal.

Are you prepared in an animal emergency? Not many people can say they have an emergency kit ready to go. However, the American Kennel Club offers a great resource for certain situations.

Canine First Aid Kit

  • Syringe
  • Gauze Pads
  • Adhesive Tape
  • Co-flex
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Cold Pack
  • Ipecac Syrup
  • First Aid Spray
  • Liquid Styptic
  • Antibiotic Ointment
  • Hydrocortisone 1%
  • Magnifying Glass
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Latex Gloves
  • Cotton Balls
  • Iodine Swabs
  • Stretch Gauze
  • Muzzle

You also may want to include:

  • Liquid Activated Charcoal
  • Aldroxicon
  • Diotame
  • Rehydration Tablets
  • Sting Relief Pads
  • Aluminized Thermal Blanket
  • Tourniquet

These items may seem like a lot, but if it will save your animals life, it's well worth it. To save our precious babies, this kit will be a life saver. Your animal is your baby and we don’t want anything to happen to them. Right? Right! Having this handy kit will be enough to help your pet until you can make it to the vet.

So, we have the basic kit ready. But, what if it is a disaster that affects you as well?  Let’s say a tornado (one much like the recent deadly Joplin, MO tornado) is approaching and you must evacuate. Hopefully you have an evacuation plan and supplies ready for your family, but what about your pet? Don’t fret! Evacuation shelters can be found in different states and Pet Friendly Travel can help you find which shelters are available. The American Kennel Club also offers what items you should have in case of an evacuation.

Dog Evacuation Kit

  • Leash and collar with ID tags
  • Current copy of vaccination records
  • Any medication your dog needs and written directions for dispensing medication
  • Photocopy of AKC registration papers and a copy of your dog’s enrollment papers for AKC/CAR
  • Recent photo
  • At least a three-day supply of food and bottled water. Don’t forget your dog’s dishes!
  • Blankets and bedding
  • Crate with a few toys
  • Plastic "pick-up" bags

The ASPCA also offers up some evacuation information for birds and reptiles. With all these handy tools, you will be ready to go in case of an emergency. Remember to act fast and be careful with your fuzzy baby.  For any pet you have, the best thing you can do is be prepared. Let other family members know where the kit is located.  Go out there and be prepared to save a life!  Let your animal live one long and happy life!

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