Do you have a friend who’s an absolute cat person? Or is he or she a dog lover? When it comes to finding the perfect Christmas present for these friends, you’re in luck. Just get something for their pet and all is well. Better yet, get them any of the following Christmas gift ideas to prepare pet owners for emergencies listed below.
Before we list down some of the possible Christmas presents you can give your animal lover friend, you need to understand that pets are also affected by disasters and emergencies. Unfortunately, even those who consider pets as part of their family forget about their furry friends when disaster strikes. This is should not be the case. While it’s true that you should value your family first and foremost, it’s also true that your pets have a better chance of surviving if you include them in your disaster preparedness plan.
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Pet Emergency Kit
There are different pre-made pet emergency kits you can purchase online or from specialty stores. The problem with these is that they often lack specific items you need for your pets. Of course, you can always buy additional items until you’re satisfied with your pet emergency kit.
Take big dos, for example. Because of their size, humongous dogs need something that suits their size. Luckily, the Pet Evac Pak Big Dog Emergency Survival Kit is designed for hefty pooches weighing 30 to 70 pounds.
The kit includes 72 hours’ worth of food and water with a shelf life of five years that you can serve in two separate collapsible bowls. The first aid kit comes with a Vet wrap, ClotIt blood stopping powder, ASAP pet wound ointment, alcohol wipes, gauze pads, cotton swabs, hydrogen peroxide spray, cold pack, tweezers, and a first aid brochure.
Also in the pet disaster preparedness kit are an emergency blanket, LED light, 6-foot slip lead, rope toy, waste disposal bags, and an ID card with a waterproof holder.
First Aid Kit
Every home should have a first aid kit. You should always keep one in your car and in each bug out bag. These first aid kits should contain items for specific medical needs aside from the usual contents. If someone in the family is suffering from a particular medical condition, you stock up on their medicines and other needs. The same should be applied to your pets.
Get your friend a first aid kit for their pet to prepare them for emergencies. The Rayco International Ltd Pet First Aid Kit includes items to treat wounds such as Band-Aids, gauze rolls and pads, bandages, patch adhesives, and a Blue Pet Paw Print Self Adhesive Bandage Roll.
The kit also comes with exam gloves, cold pack, First Aid Tape, wooden tongue depressors,, tweezers, angled scissors, tick removal tool, 15 ml saline solution tube, syringe, and antiseptic wipes. Plus, there’s an emergency blanket to keep your pet warm, and a collapsible water bowl with key chain clip to make sure your pet drinks comfortably. All these are kept inside a portable water-resistant zippered case.
What makes this first aid kit one of the best Christmas gift ideas for pet owners you can think of is the little extra they put in. Aside from the first aid items mentioned above, Rayco included an LED flashing collar with 3 different settings and hand sewn tag on the collar where you can write your pet’s name and other important information.
The ARCA PET Cat & Dog First Aid Kit is another option to put on your list of Christmas gift ideas to prepare pet owners for emergencies. This kit contains 100 pieces of pet care items including bandages, alcohol pads, sting relief pads, antiseptic cleansing wipes, dressing, sterile gauze swab, pre-cut moleskin, non-woven tape, and safety pins.
You’ll also find an antibiotic ointment, tongue depressors, silicon tourniquet, emergency collar, thermometer, emergency blanket, a small pouch, and a tick remover kit.
Pet Alert Fire Rescue Sticker
When disaster strikes, it will be chaotic even if you do your due diligence and make your emergency preparedness plan. Even if you have someone in the family assigned to get your pet when you have to evacuate, you can’t really know what will happen. What if that person is not at home during the emergency and everybody else was busy with their assigned tasks? What if the pet got so scared that no one could find him or her?
In case you do leave your pet behind, your best option is to let rescuers know that someone is still in your home and needs help. Rescuers that go from house to house looking for people to help will also be on the lookout for pet alert stickers or window decals. If you live alone with your pet, you should also have an Animal Care Wallet Card and a Pet Home Alone Key so people can care for them when you’re unable.
They may be simple Christmas gift ideas but they will definitely be useful in times of emergencies. Surely, the pet owner will appreciate such a thoughtful Christmas present. And to be sure what they really need to prepare their pets, check out this post from CDC.
A well-behaved pet is a lot easier to handle when disaster strikes. Give the gift of pet obedience with a training starter kit for dogs.
The Pups N’ Tails 6-in-1 Puppy and Dog Training Essential Kit is a small pouch where you can keep treats and toys so you can always reward your dog if he follows your orders. The dog training kit also includes an ultrasonic stop-bark whistle and a training clicker with wrist strap to further control your dog if he’s misbehaving. This is especially important in a chaotic situation such as when you’re in an evacuation center.
Other items in the kit are door bells that your dog will use to tell you he needs to go and a collapsible cup with clip for his food or water.
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Christmas Gift Ideas to Help Build A Pet Emergency Kit
Aside from the pre-packed pet emergency kits, you can also build your own by purchasing separate items you need to care for your pet. This way, you can be sure that each thing in your kit is up to your standards. That’s a great way to show your friends how much you care for them and their pets. Check out the video below to know more about prepping a bug out bag for your pet dog.
Leash, Harness or Carrier
Sadly, not everyone is fond of cats and dogs. You’ll need some way to contain your pet when you’re forced out of your home by a typhoon or some other disaster. If you’re in an evacuation center, for example, there will be other people who may not be too comfortable having an animal around. Plus, your pet may also get jittery with all the people and chaos.
Having a leash or carrier will also make it easier to travel with your pets. The Primal Pet Gear Dog Leash measures 6 feet but comes with one handle at the end and another located one foot from the clip. Use the shorter leash in crowded places so you can easily control your pet when he gets aggressive.
The hand grips are padded to give the owner more comfort. The clip features a thicker thumb release knob, which is a huge upgrade from its predecessors. The leash itself is made of soft yet durable nylon.
Carriers are brilliant Christmas gift ideas to prepare pet owners for emergencies, as well. This is particularly true if your friend has a small dog or a cat. The MidWest Homes for Pets Spree Travel Carrier, for one, measures 17.9 x 11.5 x 12 inches while the door is 7.16 x 7.63 inches. That should give you an idea if the recipient’s pet will fit into the carrier.
The pet carrier is made of durable plastic that’s easy to clean. Its design allows the pet to breathe freely. It comes in blue, green and red. There’s also a handle on top for easier handling.
Food and Water
Like hoomans, pets need food and water to survive. Make sure you have enough water in your bug out bags for everyone, including your pets. Better yet, build a separate emergency kit for your pet where you can keep his own food and water.
A huge bag of dog food makes for a great Christmas gift for pet owners. The Emergency Dog Food by MayDay Industries has a shelf life of five years so you can set it aside in your pantry and take it out only when you have an emergency and your regular supply of dog food runs out.
Each pack contains 10 vacuum sealed bags with 8 ounces of dog food in each one. The dog food is packed with nutrients so you don’t have to worry that much about your furry friend’s health.
Raised Pet Bowls
If you’re getting any of the emergency kits mentioned above that comes with collapsible bowls, that’s good enough. In fact, those are great Christmas gift ideas for animal lovers.
Another option is to get them elevated pet bowls so their pet won’t make such a mess in an already messy situation. If you’re in a place with a crowd of people looking to stay safe and dry from a hurricane, for example, the last thing others would want to deal with is a cat making a mess while eating.
Cat lovers will of course understand this but not everyone is fond of these four-legged sweethearts. To lessen the stress on everyone, you need to control your pet. One way to do that is to make sure her feeding area stay clean.
The Neater Feeder Express Elevated Stainless Steel Dog and Cat Bowls is mess proof. It’s designed in a way that spilled food is separated and stays at the top while spilled water goes down into a catch basin. Plus, the two separate stainless steel bowls for food and water are kept together as one unit.
The 100% dishwasher safe Neater Feeder is elevated to make it easier for pets to eat and drink. It also comes in different sizes. The larger ones, seen in the video above, are great Christmas gift ideas for friends with large dogs.
The Neater Feeder Express is design particularly for cats. The bowls fit inside separate 4.5-inch diameter slots while the whole unit measures 12.9 x 8.8 x 4.8 inches. The feeding height is 2.75 inches from the floor, which is the right height to prevent cats from getting indigestion.
Any pet owner will appreciate receiving a pet toy for their furry friends this Christmas. This will help keep them entertained while you deal with other important stuff like making sure the rest of your family are safe and well fed.
The Multipet Gumby Dog Toy is a toy version of the popular animated character. The pet toy measures 9 inches, made of plush inside and out, and squeaks when squeezed or chewed.
If you’re a little strapped for cash but still want to give out Christmas presents to your closest friends, especially the dog-loving ones, get them something affordable yet pretty like a training clicker.
The EcoCity 4-Pack Dog Training Clicker will help your dog parent friends to control their pets, especially if they’re still puppies. Just press the button The clicker comes with a wrist wrap to keep you from accidentally dropping it.
Each purchase comes with four training clickers so that’s four happy friends already. They come in four different colors, particularly, red, black, blue and white. Perhaps the best thing about the EcoCity Dog Training Clicker is that it can also be used to train other animals such as cats, birds, and sheep.
There are tons of Christmas gift ideas to prepare pet owners for emergencies you can think of. The ones in this short list are just the tip of the iceberg. Go to Gentleman Pirate Club if you want to see more gift ideas. Hopefully, we can still help you with your Christmas shopping list this close to the big day. Don’t worry too much, though. A Christmas present given after Christmas is still highly appreciated.