Keeping Fido Safe in Emergencies.

I’ve wanted a mini wiener dog (the opposite of the bulldog above) for a couple years now, and I finally broke down and bought one the end of May (I’m still considering the genius of adding that to two toddlers…)

While we’re working through all the fun training that comes with having a new puppy, I’ve realized I need to make sure the bug-out bags and long-term food storage include prep for the dogs now too. If you have a pet, have you considered their needs if the pet store isn’t available?

8 things to consider:

1.  Food. Is your pet on specialty food? Is it necessary or a comfort? How much will you need for 72 hours/a month/a year?

2. Water. Waterdish? While your pet could figure out how to drink out of a 2-liter bottle, it’s important to waste as little as possible. Add a collapsible dish to the amount of additional water storage needed for your pet.

3. Medication. Arthritis meds? Heartworm meds? What are some of the prescriptions you need to have on hand?

4. First Aid. While most injuries can be handled by a human first-aid kit, make sure you have products that will work on their coats, and a large enough supply. What about a “cone of shame” to keep them from biting/chewing on the wound?

5. First Aid Guide. Would you know how to treat major/minor injuries to your pet? Having a quick guide on hand for your animal (especially large ones) may help you save their life.

6. Bed. Does your pet have a special place? Are they crate trained? (we found a collapsible soft-sided crate at Target by Boots & Barkley)

7. Containment. Leash? Halter? Harness? If you had to be relocated, how would you ensure your pet stayed with you?

8. Elimination. Where will your pet relieve himself, and what will you do with it? While you can most likely dispose of their waste with your own, cats may prefer a litterbox, and small dogs may appreciate a pad or other designated area. The most important question is what YOUR pet prefers.

What items have I left off? What kind of pet do you have? Exotics and birds may require an even more extensive list. The key is preparation.

AND PRACTICE!

Stay safe.

Jen

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