Being Prepared

Dog with a teddy bear

Accidents happen. That's why we keep band-aids in the cupboard. But what should you keep on hand for your pet?

We complied this basic list of supplies for a pet first aid and disaster preparedness kit. 

- Phone numbers: family veterinarian (that's us!), critical care/ 24 hour emergency veterinary hospital such as MedVet or the Care Center

- Dog food (preferably vaccum packed) and clean water

- Muzzle (even though he is nice, he still might bite if it hurts!)

- Blankets or towels

- 1" and/or 2" medical tape 

- 2" rolled gauze

- Gauze pads/ non-stick pads/ cotton

- Ace bandage 

- Elizabethan collar (the cone of shame) 

- Instant ice pack

- Wound wash

- Hydrogen peroxide (make sure it is fresh, expired peroxide is just water!)

- Scissors

- Tweezers

- Puppy pads or newspaper

- Extra leash and collar

- Carrier or crate

Remember to take into account home many pets you may be looking after. The CDC recommends having at least three days of food and water on hand. That's about a gallon of water per person, per day.  More information on disaster preparedness can be found here.