Emergencies come in many forms, such as a brief absence from your home, or a permanent evacuation due to disaster. Each type of scenario requires different measures to keep your pets safe. Please be prepared.
If you are asked to evacuate your home due to an emergency, please be aware… family pets typically are not allowed in local human shelters, unless they are service animals.
If you’re lucky, a local animal shelter will make their services available and accept your pet. Plan ahead, make sure your pet is micro chipped and wears a current tag, is able to cope with being crated and transported, can calmly interact with volunteers. Remember to provide special medical and dietary needs in writing, and include a supply of medicine. For all the details read these pages.
Pets and Disaster safety checklist – Red Cross
Pet first aid kits (small and large size) Deluxe Kit
Make your own pet first aid kit, the Red Cross provides a list of supplies. PDF
AGS Pet First Aid kit includes all the essentials you’ll need to care for your 4-legged friend in the field, along with extra space for you to add your own small items. Convenient trifold case contains styptic stick, surgical gloves, gauze bandage, vet wrap gauze, eye and wound wash, antibiotic ointment, and hydrocortisone cream Also contains antiseptic and antimicrobial wipes, cotton swabs, iodine and insect sting pads, adhesive tape, 2 x 2 in. and 3 x 3 in. gauze pads and scissors. AGS Pet First Aid kit comes with pet emergency card and pet care pamphlet
— First Aid for Dogs – What To Do When Emergencies Happen
— Field Guide To Dog First Aid
Heat Stroke: recognize the symptoms. How to spot heat stroke in your dog. Watch YouTube video showing a seemingly healthy dog suffer heat stroke. Ed Frawly describes what symptoms to look for and how to react if this happens to your dog.
Read article on Veterinary Partner about Hyperthermia (heat stroke) first aid.
Hot surfaces can harm. During the hot sunny days of summer, outdoor ground temperatures can reach harmful levels and may burn bare skin and unprotected paws. Concrete can heat up and reach temperatures ranging from 128-30 degrees F. While black asphalt will get up to 148-50 degrees F. –source: infrared thermometer readings taken July 8, 2012.
When the temperature is very high, don’t let your dog linger on hot surfaces. Being so close to the ground, your pooch’s body can heat up quickly and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks short (during these times).
Preferred walk times are early morning or the cool of evening. Stay in the shade. Vary surfaces by moving on and then off of grass or lawns as much as possible, to minimize constant exposure to radiant heat.