Animal emergencies never seem to happen at a convenient time. Maybe your pet suddenly needs some extra care in the middle of the night, or maybe a wounded stray shows up in the middle of a storm. In these instances, having a DIY animal rescue kit nearby can ease your stress and keep your animals safe until you can get them to a veterinarian. Here are some essential items to have on hand for your home rescue kit, so you’ll be prepared when such an emergency arises.
8. Safety Equipment
The number one rule of any kind of rescue is that you have to prioritize your own safety, and animal rescues are no exception. Keep a pair of heavy leather work gloves handy to minimize the risk of bites and scratches, and carry a few towels or a large blanket to wrap up a recalcitrant animal. A flashlight and a fluorescent vest or other high-visibility gear is also a good idea in case you find yourself following a skittish stray down a dark road. Keep a small human first-aid kit handy in case you do get injured. This is particularly important in wildlife rescues, but it’s a good idea when working with domestic animals as well.
7. Leashes, Collars, and Carriers
Attempting a rescue is much more difficult when you can’t safely hold or restrain the animal. In addition to blankets or towels, keep a safety collar available, as well a leash to control larger animals. For smaller animals, a pillow case can provide a temporary way of containing and transporting them, or you can pick up a cloth or cardboard carrier that folds flat while in storage.
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