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By Kristin Clark
Ah, Southern California. While it’s beautiful here—sunny skies, a great climate, mountains, beaches, and forests—there are some things that aren’t so great. Earthquakes are very common, the heat can be intense, and we sometimes get hot, dry and incredibly powerful winds that can wreak havoc on homes and power lines.
When it comes to any sort of disaster, it’s best to be prepared—and that preparation extends to your pet(s), too. That’s why we’ve put together a list of things to include in your disaster-preparedness kit for your dog or cat.
If you keep a kit in an easy-to-reach, accessible location at home, along with one in your car, you’ll go a long way toward being ready if anything should ever happen.
That’s where this post comes in. In it, we list some things you may want to get and keep on hand so that they’re handy if you have to deal with an emergency.
As you’re putting your kit together, you should also think about where you will take your pets if there is an emergency and you have to evacuate your home. Call around before anything happens to find out where animals can be safely taken and kept in the event of an emergency. If you have family members or friends that you think might be able and willing to take them, make sure you ask them first. If they are willing, write down their contact information (including name, address, email(s), and phone number(s)) and put it in each of your kits.
If you want, you can purchase a first-aid kit for people, and then add some pet-specific things to it. Or, you can just assemble the items listed below into a duffel bag or backpack, and keep everything together that way. Remember, one kit should be in an easily accessible location in your house, and each car should also have a kit in it—along with a kit for the human members of the family!
Items to include in your pet emergency preparedness kit
Make sure to keep all documents (paperwork, photos, etc.) in a waterproof container or sealable plastic bag.
How to Give the Remedies
You may store and use the remedies either in dry form (pellet) or wet form (pellets dissolved in 80/20 solution of distilled water/vodka and kept in a dropper bottle). Either a 30C or 200C potency is fine in first-aid situations, but typically going above or below that potency is not used in these kinds of acute situations.
All that is needed is to get the remedy on a mucus membrane, and in dire cases simply holding the pellets or drops under the animal’s nose can begin to resolve the issue. How often to give the remedy(s) will depend upon the severity of the situation. It can range from one or two doses given about 15-30 minutes apart in relative mild situations (such as for bleeding from a nail trimmed too close), to dosing every minute or less in very severe situations (such as for an unconscious animal).
Animal-specific items (make sure you have enough for each pet):
Basic supplies (for humans and animals):
While there are other things that you may want to include in your disaster preparedness kit (for example, I have a small jar of Manuka honey and some essential oils in mine, in addition to what is listed above), the items listed here are a good place to start.
With a little foresight and planning, you can easily help make sure that you and your pets are prepared in case anything comes up. By planning ahead, you can help your pets stay calm and safe, even in a disaster.
Kristin Clark is the editor of Raw Pet Digest, the president of Canine Health Promotion, and a certified small-animal naturopath and carnivore nutrition consultant.