June is Pet Emergency Preparedness Month


Emergencies come in all shapes and sizes from sudden health issues of the individual to regional evacuations of populations. Being prepared for them can help reduce the stress of dealing with them.

Here are 8 things you can do to prepare for them. Your challenge is to choose a behavior from Step 6, video it and send us a link. We will post a link to your video below. 

1. Create an Emergency Kit

  • crate or Xpen
  • dried food rations
  • water rations
  • familiar bedding
  • extra harness and leash
  • bowls
  • basket muzzle
  • current photo of your pet on your phone or a hard color copy
  • shoulder height and weight, and identifying markings, tattoo or micro numbers
  • medication and copies of current medical records stored in labelled waterproof container like a Ziplock bag
  • pet first aid kit
  • 2 old towels

2. Make Sure Your Dog has Permanent Identification

  •  Tattoo or microchip and keep your contact information like name, phone number, address up to date.
  • Vaccination tags on collar and visible so shelters don’t double vaccinate.also doubles as a way to track you and the name and contact for your veterinarian.
  • Get a licence from local animal control. That will ensure you are reunited as an extra level of identification. In some cities, service dogs are registered for free.

3. Place a Sticker on Outside Doors of Your Home 

This tells emergency staff like firefighters and police that a pet or service dog lives on site. If you leave the house with your dog during an emergency, make sure to indicate on the sticker (if you can) that the dog is no longer in the home by crossing it off or covering it up with tape.

4. Make a List of Family or Friends

These should be those who live outside your area who could take your dog in case of emergency (a day to a month or more). Most emergency shelters to not allow pets.

5. Prepare Specifically for Geographic Emergencies

Consider what your region is at risk for. Tornado, hurricane, earthquake, flood, fire etc and make a plan for those specifically.

The ASPCA urges you to always take your dog with you in case of evacuation. Bring them in and secure them on leash or in a crate near you at the first sign of danger. Keep them on leash at all times-they may bolt or freeze when panicked.

6. Prepare Your Dog:

  • Pretrain these behaviors:
    • being in a crate
    • wearing a muzzle,
    • being away from home-start at friends or neighbour’s place
    • being handled by strangers-doubles to prepare for groomer, vet handling,
    • being alone-separated from you and other pets. Your dog may need to be housed singly.

    Maureen Backman of “Muzzle Up! Dogs Project” shows how to get started on getting your dog comfortable with having people toucing her muzzle before actually starting muzzle training. 


    7. Take a Pet First-aid Course

    so you are prepared to help your dog or other dogs in need.


    8.  Take a Defensive Dog Handling Course

    to know how to read dog body language and be able to protect yourself if your dog or someone else’s dog gets aggressive when scared or injured.

    When you complete a behavior, send us a link to video footage! We’ll post it below!