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
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
- Magnifying glass
- Nylon leash
- 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
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.