Do you have a pet emergency kit? Right now, before an emergency or natural disaster, take the time to gather items for a pet emergency kit. Having what you need on hand can help you respond quickly and appropriately when needed. It's not a huge list and there is nothing you can't find at a drug store or online in the case of some pet specific items.
Here’s what pet parents should have on hand in a pet emergency kit to be prepared for most emergency situations. (And if you're wondering whether you need to take your pet to the vet now vs. waiting, what to expect, how to prepare, and what to do if your vet is closed—read more from Dr. Nelson here).
Celebrate National Pet Week
Each day of National Pet Week is devoted to a different way to keep your pet happy and healthy. From May 1-7, take these actions to help you furry friend live their best life:
- Sunday: Make sure their tag and microchip are up to date.
- Monday: Work on your pet's training goals.
- Tuesday: Make time to exercise with your pet.
- Wednesday: Schedule a veterinary checkup.
- Thursday: Travel safely with your pet.
- Friday: Make sure your pet first aid kit is stocked.
- Saturday: Bond with your pet over a grooming session.
If your pet is on prescription meds, it’s recommended to keep at least a 2- to 4-week supply of the medicine on hand in case of an emergency, an evacuation or an illness. This includes heartworm, flea and tick preventive medications and any prescription diets that your pet has been prescribed. Also, have an extra bag of kibble or case of cans of your pet’s regular diet on hand at all times, as well as extra litter for your kitties. While you’re getting supplies together, it’s also a good time to check pet tags and microchips to ensure all are up to date.
By taking a little extra time to gather all of this while you’re calm and able, you’ll certainly save yourself a lot of anguish if an emergency strikes. A large, flat plastic container will hold most of these items. Check twice yearly to ensure no products have expired and to update your pet’s medical records.
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