Dog Emergency Supply Kit

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Introduction: Dog Emergency Supply Kit

Everyone makes sure that they have what they need in case of a disaster. But do you have everything that your pet needs. This instructable not only give you a BASIC list of things that should go into a pet Emergency Supply kit, but it will also show you that you can have your dog carry the kit for you. Everyone knows that in an emergency, everyone has to pull their own weight.

Make sure that you go through and update your pets emergency kit is checked on a regular basis and you have current records.

Step 1: The Bag

You need to select your bag. You need to make sure that the bag you select is the right size for your dog. It also needs to be the right size for what your are trying to pack in it. Also having it balance well will make your dog happier.

You can find them available at many retailers, both big-box and through specialty outdoor retailers.

Step 2: Basics

You need to make sure that you have in the bag, the absolute minimum items that you will need for your dog to survive.

  • Water - Make sure that you have several liters of water. Humans require one gallon per person, per day. Instead of trying to store all of that water, consider purchasing a water filtration device. Then you can treat any water that you can find.
  • Food - You need to make sure that you have adequate food.
    • 7 day supply if you have to shelter in place
    • 3 day supply if you have to evacuate
  • Snacks - Keep your dogs happy. Happy dogs make the emergency a lot easier to handle. If you dog is happy, your family will also be happy. Pack your dogs favorite treats in the bag.

Step 3: Bowls

Two bowls are best, although not required.

They are lined and can be used for both food and water.

This pair that I found collapse down to allow for easy storage.

Step 4: First Aid Kit

Look at the pictures and see the things that I have in this kit. There are lists that are available online and you can make the first aid kit as elaborate as you need to.

A fully equipped household first aid kit contains almost all of the supplies you may need for your
pets. A simple first aid kit for your pets should include these additional items in a waterproof container:

  • Latex (or hypoallergenic material) gloves
  • Gauze sponges ( a variety of sizes)
  • Gauze roll, 2-inch width
  • Elastic cling bandage
  • Material to make a splint
  • Adhesive tape, hypoallergenic
  • Non-adherent sterile pads
  • Small scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Magnifying glass
  • Nylon leash
  • Towel
  • Compact emergency “blanket” (available in the camping department of many stores)
  • Topical antibiotic ointment
  • List of emergency phone numbers including those for your pet’s veterinarian, an afterhours emergency veterinary hospital, and the National Animal Poison Control Center (1- 888-426-4435) and money to make a phone call.

Step 5: Extra Items to Consider.

Some things that you may want to bring along to make your days a little more enjoyable.

Have on hand these few things

  • Spare collars
  • spare leash
  • Something to make a dog runner out of
  • Harness

Step 6: Pack and Carry

Pack your supplies. Make sure that you balance out the two sides, so that it does not lean to one side or another.

As you can see, it is possible for the your dog to carry their own supplies, although mine does not look to happy to be doing it.

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2 very important items you should add. Some quick clot powder is very useful for both people and your dog. It will help you stop bleeding quickly if you or your dog are injured. The other thing is a muzzle. If your animal is scared and hurt it may bite people that are trying to help it. Also if you end up in an evacuation center you don't want to chance having your dog taken away because it is snapping at people.

A muzzle is good. Also know how to make one. I will see if I can find the directions. As a Combat Medic I can tell you that you are right about quick clot. But if you use it, you will need to get to a vet fast because the wound will require surgery.

What about styptic powder? Wouldn't that work? Or cornstarch. Either would work to clot without requiring surgery

Ground turmeric (organic) is an amazing clotting agent that is also anti bacterial. We use it on all of our cuts, scrapes and wounds. It's 100% safe for pets and children, as well as 100% natural.

This is great! If the bag is big enough to fit on my pit, I'd be able to store enough supplies for my weasel (chihuahua), too.

Make each dog carry their own packs, that way if you get separated from your pet, the other still has their own supplies. You can find (or make your own) packs online and in some pet stores. I know Joann fabrics has a pattern for one.

You listed Topical Antibiotic Ointment in the simple first aid kit & it looked like Equate brand Topical Antibiotic Ointment in the picture. My question is, do you know for sure that is safe for dogs, cats?

No it's not safe. Since it is essentially Vaseline with more chemicals in it, using a 'topical' ointment on any creature who cleans themselves, and therefore would ingest it. Unless you are covering the area with bandages, and adding a cone collar so the animal can't 'worry' the area, something more like h2ocean (sterilized sea water in a pressurized can), while it may sting more, would be better because the animal can ingest the h2ocean without harm. You can also make your own solution and put it in a small spray bottle, using sea salt and distilled water.

A 1cc per 10 pounds of animal bottle of hydrogen peroxide(so a 30# dog would require 3cc) and a dosing syringe capable of holding that amount would be a great, yet very small addition to your pack's first aid kit. (Only use to induce vomiting) otherwise awesome 'ible! I'm working on a cat prep 'ible and yours is the only pet prep I've found so far.

Cool tip! I'll remember to write that down!