National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day: 5 Items For Your Dog’s Emergency Go Bag

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National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day falls on May 8th. This national day is a reminder to make sure that you’re fully stocked up with essential items that your dog will need in the unfortunate event that a natural disaster strikes.

Considering what you’d need to do during a natural disaster can admittedly be stressful and anxiety-building. But with a little foresight, you can easily stock up on the key items that your dog will need if you have to leave home in a hurry.

In honor of National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, here are five items for your dog’s emergency go bag.

1. A Portable Water Bottle And Bowl

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Food and water are absolute essentials for any dog’s emergency go bag. But once you stocked up on your usual pet foods, don’t forget that your dog is going to need a vessel to drink water out of.

Highwave’s portable water bottle makes staying hydrated on the move a cinch, and it also comes in a range of colors including vibrant green, calming purple, and hot pink.

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2. A Collapsible Pet Bowl

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Once you’ve taken care of your dog’s water needs, you’ll also need to make sure you can address dinner times in less-than-ideal situations.

The Mr. Peanut brand has created a line of collapsible pet bowls that are lightweight and practical. Once feeding time is over, simply collapse the durable bowl for easy storage back in your dog’s emergency go bag.

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3. A Pet First-Aid Kit

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Every emergency go bag should contain a basic first-aid kit. This is so that you can administer first aid to your dog until you can get them to a vet if the need arises.

Kurgo’s first-aid kit contains 50 items, including sting relief pads, cold packs, and a thermal emergency blanket. It also rolls up for maximum storage efficiency.

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4. Dry Dog Food

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Adding some dry dog food to your emergency go kit is a super smart move. Dry food keeps well and can be scarfed down in a lot cleaner fashion than wet food.

Blue Buffalo Life makes a special Protection Formula that is based around real chicken and also includes key vitamins and minerals to make sure you’re hitting all of your dog’s nutritional needs during times of disaster.

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5. A Stain And Odor Remover

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During times of disaster, your dog might not act in their usual well-behaved fashion, and you never know when you might need to stay in an unfamiliar place with them. Sometimes, this can result in poop and pee accidents, so consider adding a stain and odor remover spray to your emergency go bag.

Nature’s Miracle’s spray is safe to use on a variety of surfaces, including carpet, hard floors and furniture, and its light citrus scent will help mask any particularly pungent accidents.

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Do you have all of your disaster essentials already stocked up? What do you consider the key items for any disaster preparation dog kit? Tell us about it in the comments section below!

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