With all the news surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, I felt it’s a good idea to put together a list of ways to be prepared for an emergency with your dog. With businesses such as pet stores and potentially animal hospitals shutting down the safety of your pet may fall on your shoulders. The following list of items I have is to ensure that I am prepared if anything could happen and I am not able to get to my regular veterinarian or even an emergency vet.
I also highly recommend every pet owner should know how to perform CPR on their pet. You can find videos on YouTube or even low-cost classes online.
If I missed anything on this list that you have in your own first aid kit, let me know!
Dog First Aid & Preparedness Kit Ideas
- At least 2-4 weeks worth of extra food that is shelf stable (I look to dehydrated foods typically)
- Bottled water
- Collapsable dishes
- Leash, collar, harness, slip lead
- 30 extra days worth of necessary medications
- Disposable gloves
- Self-adhering roll bandages
- Adhesive tape/bandages
- Cotton balls
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Witch Hazel
- Digital thermometer
- Instant ice pack
- Scissors varying in size, tweezers
- Sutures kit (if you know how to do this) or liquid bandage
- Large syringes for flushing wounds or feeding
- Sling if you have a pet with issues walking
- Slippery Elm for digestive issues
- Dehydrated pumpkin flakes for digestive issues
- Electrolyte powder
- Flashlights and extra batteries
- I save all leftover medications and label them in bags so I have anti-inflammatories, cerenia for nausea, etc.
- An herbal apothecary of various tinctures to help with illness, wounds, burns, etc. is good to collect over time as well and store for emergencies
- If you have an ill dog like a diabetic dog (like me) sometimes your veterinarian will allow you to keep IV bags on hand for emergencies, ask your veterinarian about this
- Vaccination records and medical history
- Veterinarian information, emergency veterinarian information
Stay safe everyone and remember to wash your hands! 🙂
Yours in canine health and happiness,