Don’t leave your pets behind.
Most pet owners agree that a pet isn’t just a furry animal to take up space. They aren’t just decoration. Our pets are our best friends. They’re family members. You may, at some point, be forced to confine your pets to shelter with your family. This is why, when you’re preparing your safe room, you should also make sure it’s situated with all the things you’ll need to keep your pet healthy and comfortable during your stay.
First Aid for Pets
Your pets are unable to care for themselves when they’re sick or injured. If you’re sheltering with your pet, you need the basic implements required to keep her healthy. Make sure your first aid kit includes the following items, along with the list we featured in an earlier blog post.
Pet First Aid Checklist
- “Fever” thermometer and petroleum jelly for lubrication
- Syringe (for medicines)
- Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting in the event of poison consumption)
- Various pertinent medicines
- Gauze, adhesive tape
- Nonstick bandages (never use human adhesive bandages on pets)
- Milk of magnesia (to absorb poison)
- Disposable gloves
- Antiseptic wipes
Here are more items we recommend, if you anticipated an extended stay with your pet.
- Nail clippers
- Ear-cleaning solution
- Pen light
- Rubbing alcohol
As always, make sure you have a full stock of everything your veterinarian recommends. If your pet has low blood sugar, you may need to store corn syrup or glucose paste.
Pet Shelter Solution
You can shelter with pets in any of our safe room options. In the event of a major storm or other disaster, it is important to keep your pet calm. Your family can help with that. Equip your safe room or underground bunker with the items listed above to make sure your pet stays happy and healthy during your stay.