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
- 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
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.
6. Prepare Your Dog:
- 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.
7. Take a Pet First-aid Course
so you are prepared to help your dog or other dogs in need.