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Pets Need A Winter Emergency Kit Too
The northeast was recently hit with a wicked winter storm this past weekend, which reminded us that we always need to be prepared for emergencies when it comes to winter weather and our pets.
The northeast was recently hit with a wicked winter storm this past weekend, which reminded us that we always need to be prepared for emergencies when it comes to winter weather and our pets. It is a very good idea to have a winter emergency kit prepared before you are unable to go out due to the weather.
Here is a brief list of some items you should have on hand in your preparation:
• Bottled Water – This is a must for both you and your pet should you become stranded at home without power and/or undrinkable water. Keep several gallons in your basement or storage room, ensuring that you rotate your supply to keep a fresh supply when the need arises.
• Pet food – This is especially important for any prescription diets for a medical condition. Always have an extra bag or case of canned food around in case the roads become too treacherous for traveling.
• Warm Bedding – Keep plenty of soft, warm bedding for you and your pet both in your home and in your car. In the event that you lose heat in your home due to the weather, these additional blankets will come in handy and work as a short term solution to keep your entire family safe.
• Medications – If your pet takes regular medications, make sure that you have at least a week’s supply on hand. Waiting until the last minute could coincide with a winter storm, making it impossible to pick-up your pet’s supply.
• Litter – Keep an extra bag on hand in the event you get snowed in. In the winter keeping this 20 pound extra bag in the trunk of your car could be handy for you as well. The additional weight may aid in the traction of your tires when the roads are slippery, and can also help you get back on the road if you should happen to slide off. Just spread the litter on the icy ground to help you get back home.
• First Aid Kit – You can pick up a pre-packaged kit almost anywhere now. You can easily create your own too, make sure it includes extra towels, pads and bandages, along with pet approved ointments or general medications that could be helpful for minor injuries.
Stay ahead of the winter weather with preparation now. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your Pet’s Winter Emergency Kit, please contact us at 616-949-0960.
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Cascade Hospital for Animals is a full-service Animal Hospital providing quality, compassionate medical care for dogs, cats and other small pets in the greater Grand Rapids area. Open 7 days a week to serve your needs and those of your pet.