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12 handy doggy items to have in your home in case of emergency

It's a good idea to be prepared in an emergency to ensure the safety of your family, this goes for our fur kids too.Here's some handy hints of items to have in your home to help ensure your dogs safety - it may even save their life.

  1. Proof of ownership - A recent pic of you and your dog is always a great idea in case you get separated in a disaster and you need to prove ownership when computers are down
  2. Washing soda crystals in laundry aisle of your supermarket) for use if your dog has swallowed toxic items, induces vomiting almost instant – this could save your dogs life if you are not close to a vet.
  3. Adaptil or homeopathic remedies are great for dogs with anxiety issues or noise phobias.
  4. Bandages or cloth that can be used as a muzzle.
  5. Bottled water and food – canned in case of emergency.
  6. Phone numbers of vets/emergency vets/poison centre/neighbours/your boarding or doggy day care team in case you need to get hold of them quickly (For Urban Dogs clients call our team 021 630 830 or owner Leanne 021 632 585)
  7. Proof of recent vaccinations – in case of evacuation you may have to quickly board your dog.
  8. Blankets, towels and/or dog bed.
  9. Dogs might try to hide in an emergency so an extra couple of leads may come in handy to ensure they are safe.
  10. Make sure your microchip info is up to date in case your dog gets separated from you.
  11. Medications.
  12. Doggy first aid kit should include:
  • Epsom salts – for cleaning wounds, grazes (Epsom salts are medicinal quality so better than iodised). Note DO NOT use Dettol as can burn the skin on dogs and cats.
  • Bandage/swabs
  • Anti histamines for bee stings or allergic reactions
  • Trauma spray/colloidal silver, tea tree for wounds and rashes
  • Electrical tape (for securing bandages)
  • Leash/collar
  • Self-cling bandage so it doesn’t stick to their fur – available at your vets
  • Absorbent gauze pads
  • Sterile non-stick gauze pads for bandages
  • Antiseptic
  • Pet first aid book
  • Cotton balls or swabs
  • Gauze rolls
  • Scissors
  • Sterile saline solution
  • Tweezers
  • Ear-cleaning solution
  • Nail clippers
  • Rectal thermometer
  • Plastic eyedropper or syringe
  • Styptic powder for on cuts to stop the bleeding

Do you have any other items you would like to suggest - please comment below.

Note - Urban Dogs staff are pet first aid and canine CPR trained.


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