How to Be a Good Scout or Be Prepared

I am going to show my age now and if it embarrasses you, think of how it embarrasses me! I grew up in an age in which children played outside, were involved in team sports and community organizations. I am proud to say that I went through the scouting ranks and enjoyed it all. I was a brownie, girl scout, cadet, and even became an explorer for a while.

The motto of a good scout, whether boy or girl, is be prepared.

The storm this week, Sandy, also teaches us to be prepared. Being prepared means having a plan in mind before the problem starts, not waiting until the last moment to run to the store and grab whatever items are left on the shelves. We need to be ready for any type of emergency whether it be a freak storm, a car problem, or our pet needing surgery.

A lot of owners don’t think about having a small first aid kit for the pet or even themselves, so when the need arises they run around trying to find things.

A good recommendation is to have an emergency kit consisting of:

  • bandages
  • tape
  • first aid cream
  • alcohol wipes
  • antiseptic towelettes
  • scissors
  • tweezers
  • muzzle

The American Red Cross has a pet first aid kit that is comprehensive and available on line.

This kit is great and even recommends having your veterinarian’s and emergency clinic number at hand. I recommend placing these numbers on the refrigerator or next to the phone. I personally think having it programmed in your cell phone is a great idea.

Now this kit is just in case of injury but you also need to have supplies ready for evacuation if needed.

This evacuation kit for your pet should include things like:

  • leash and collar
  • paperwork about vaccine history (store this in a watertight container)
  • rabies tag
  • medication for your pet
  • crate
  • five to seven days of food (remember to change this out every couple of months)
  • recent picture of your pet in case of separation

When time comes for an evacuation you can just pick up the kit and be ready to roll. Now if you are like me, you have multiple animals that would need to be evacuated so each pet should have a small kit but it doesn’t have to be extravagant. There could be other items included such as paper towels, hand cleaner, towels, water, blankets, and bowls but again a small kit for each pet would be ideal.

Hopefully we won’t ever have to grab either kit but it is nice to have it ready when needed. Please be safe and be a good scout!

We would love to help you put together a pet evacuation or emergency kit; if you would like our help, please call us at ARCC — Animal Rehab & Conditioning Center.

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