September is National Preparedness Month, and we here at West Hartford Pet Sitters want to make sure that you have everything you need to take care of your pet during a natural disaster.
First of all, your pet’s carrier should be in an easily accessible location. You should also have at least two weeks’ worth of your pet’s medications on hand, as well as a collar, leash, collapsible food and water bowl, and a basic first aid kit.
Here’s our recommended pet first aid kit checklist:
- New bottle of hydrogen peroxide, USP 3% (induces vomiting)
- Turkey baster to administer peroxide (per your vet’s instructions)
- Saline eye wash
- Artificial tear ointment or gel
- Mild grease-cutting dishwashing liquid to remove oil and toxic residue
- Gauze (various sizes)
- Tweezers (handy for removing splinters, glass, stingers)
- Muzzle (protects you from fear-induced biting)
- Ace bandage (can also be used as a temporary muzzle)
You should also set aside a three-day supply of food and water for evacuation and at least two weeks’ worth in the event that severe weather prevents you from leaving home.
Your pets are an important part of your family, so of course you want to be able to keep them happy and healthy when the unthinkable happens. For additional information and resources, check out FEMA’s disaster preparedness website: Ready.gov.