The Ultimate Pet Preparedness Guide

The Ultimate Pet Preparedness Guide

Whether you’re lounging at home or on-the-go, being prepared for the unexpected is never a bad idea. This is especially true when it comes to your pet. Dogs are incredible creatures, but their needs can often be unpredictable. Here are the top 6 things you should have in your pet preparedness kit.

Pet Carrier

A pet carrier is probably one of the most overlooked items for a preparedness kit. When you’re in an emergency situation, making sure your pup is secure and in your presence is essential. This may be an easier find for smaller dogs, but even a large, collapsible cage will work for a larger dog. As long as they have a safe, container space, they should be ok. 

Food and Water Supply

Just as you might have canned goods and a jug of clean water on hand for emergencies, so should you have the same for your pet. Most dog food brands have small versions of their larger bags. Snag a smaller bag from the store to have on hand. You might also fill a gallon plastic bag with dog food and store it in your car, you never know when you may need food while you’re out. 

First Aid

Another item that is good to have handy not just for yourself, but for your pup. While there are premade kits available online, we encourage you to create your own per the needs of your dog. Here’s what you should include in your kit!

  • Gauze
  • Non-stick bandages
  • Adhesive tape
  • Cotton balls
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Antibiotic spray or ointment
  • Thermometer
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Magnifying glass
  • Flashlight
  • Towel 


Every emergency kit should include any medications or supplements your dog is currently taking. Having an extra couple doses on hand can not only help in case of an emergency when you can’t reach your vet, but also when you forget to refill a prescription. This goes for multivitamin and joint supplements like the PupGrade Daily Multivitamin and the PupGrade Joint Support Chew. Keeping your pet healthy and happy doesn’t have to be a chore! 

Leashes, Collars, and ID Tags

This should be a no-brainer, but we decided to include it just in case. Having an extra leash, collar, and ID tag in your kit is a great way to make sure your pup is cared for. The last thing you want in an emergency is for your dog to lack any identification or a lead to walk around. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive, as long as it is secure enough to control the walk.

Toys and Treats

One to two small toys and a bag of your dog’s favorite treats are highly recommended. This isn’t just for your dog’s entertainment, many pups are toy or food-driven. Getting them to listen, especially in an emergency situation is not always easy. Keep their favorites on hand in case you need a more attentive dog. 

We hope this article has better prepared you for any situation you and your dog may encounter. Building a preparedness kit may seem like a chore in the moment, but will be extremely beneficial should you need it. Remember to check out the PupGrade Joint Support and PupGrade Multivitamins to help your furry friend get the most out of life.

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