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Being prepared for an injured pet takes on extra meaning during an emergency when threats are many and help may not be immediately available.

Disasters Remind of Need for Pet First Aid

Storms, fire or even earthquakes often remind us of the importance of having supplies that include first aid for our loved ones. But even with that, it's easy to forget the need to care for pets.

Recent hurricanes and coastal storms are good examples. After the flooding receded, many pet owners lacked the pet-specific ingredients and instructions to care for their beloved pets. Birds, with their unique physical needs, are obvious examples. A broken blood feather is relatively easy to care for if you have the supplies and instructions. Without them, the worst can happen.

Dogs, cats, birds and other cherished “friends” can be equally at risk without the right preparation. Even seemingly The Department of Homeland Security, the ASPCA, the Humane Society, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Kennel Club agree. One of the first things they recommended is having an emergency first aid kit on hand specifically for pets. Show-Me Animal Products first aid kits for pets and horses are perfect for these situations.

With water-resistant snap-lock boxes or convenient hip belt containers, they offer self-contained first aid designed for specific pets: dogs, cats, birds and even ferrets. Equine kits include the original Vet Kit as well as English and Western Trail Kits, the Foaling Kit and heavy duty Barn Kit. Each kit includes all of the items most recommended by veterinarians and pet lovers to care for pets in an emergency. The list of contents includes serious first aid: from metal scissors to antibiotic ointments.

Pet-specific contents range from oral feeding syringes for cats to gunshot wound ingredients for sport dogs. All have pet specific Care Cards® that offer user-friendly instructions. Founded in 1992, Show-Me Animal Products is part of Vocational Services Inc. (VSI) a nationally accredited non-profit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. VSI began manufacturing pet and equine products in 1992 when a trail accident revealed a serious lack of quality first aid in convenient kits. Requests from horse and pet owners led to development of the full line of first aid kits available today.

The philosophy behind these kits is simple: pets and horses are almost certain to be injured at some point. Their recovery—even their survival—is much better with quality first aid.