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Packing Your Pet’s Emergency Kit

It’s no fun to think about an emergency situation affecting your pet. Unfortunately, the only way to deal with one properly is to be prepared ahead of time! Here, your Temecula, CA veterinarian offers a few tips on building your pet’s emergency care kit.

First-Aid Supplies

Of course, no emergency kit would be complete without first-aid supplies. Some items to consider including are bandages, adhesive medical tape, a pet-safe disinfectant, gauze pads, soft towels, tweezers, nail clippers, tongue depressors, a styptic powder or pen to staunch bleeding, scissors, a pet thermometer, and a few pairs of latex gloves for your hands. Dog owners might want to include a muzzle, as even the most well-trained dogs can lash out when in pain.

Medical Records

Put your pet’s medical records—proof of ownership, proof of vaccination, documentation of any recent procedures your pet has undergone, information about conditions they manage, etc.—in a sealed waterproof bag. Documents like these can be lifesavers (literally!) in emergency situations. If you have to visit an unfamiliar animal shelter, vet’s office, or emergency facility, records like these can help save your pet’s life.

Pet Medication

Does your pet take any medications on a regular basis to help manage a condition? It’s a good idea to pack a supply in your pet’s emergency kit. Not only will you then have the medication on hand in an emergency situation, you always know where to find some if you need it, even when you’re at home. Check any expiration dates periodically to make sure that your pet’s medicine hasn’t gone bad.

Long-Term Supplies

Some pet owners might want to consider including more long-term supplies in their emergency kit. It’s possible that an unforeseen situation—a natural disaster like an earthquake, mudslide, tornado, hurricane, or flood; a chemical spill; an epidemic of disease; etc.—could force you to stay away from your home at length. Packing things like canned pet food and a can opener, bottled water, food and water dishes, a leash and collar, warm blankets, a pet bed, and a few of your companion’s favorite toys might be prudent. Additionally, it doesn’t hurt to plan ahead by researching animal shelters and emergency veterinary clinics that are outside of town, should you have to evacuate your home in a hurry.

Would you like further advice on putting together your pet’s emergency pack? Contact your vet in Temecula, CA today.

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