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Keep your dog safe in an emergency

Posted by Three Dog Bakery on


Today is National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, and it’s a PAWfect time to take a few minutes and go over your dog’s emergency kit and go-plan so when disaster strikes, you both are ready. And, if you don’t have a kit and a go-plan, now is a good time to make one!


No matter where you live, disasters can occur, whether that be a natural disaster such as a tornado or a house fire. Having an emergency kit and a go-plan cuts down on time it takes to get your family to safety. It also provides peace of mind.


Dogs wearing collars and identification tags have an increased chance of being reunited with their families. Make sure your dog has:

  • • A collar and ID tag with your current contact information.
  • • A microchip that is registered and has your current contact information.


An emergency kit has a first aid kit PLUS essential supplies for each of your pets. It’s vital that a basic emergency kit for your four-legged family contains:

  • • Basic first aid supplies
  • • Waste clean-up supplies

Then EACH of your pets should have the following essentials packed for them:

  • • A three-day supply of water and their food plus bowls
  • • Any medications they may need
  • • A copy of their medical records
  • • Contact information for their veterinarian
  • • A picture of them in the event of separation.
  • • List of their feeding routine and any behavioral issues
  • • Their favorite blanket or toy
  • • A carrier or crate for transportation and confinement, if needed.

Once you get those items together, place them in a plastic tub and store them in a place that is easy to access, like a hall closet or a pantry. In an emergency, you won’t have time to go digging through the attic for it.


You’ve got the emergency kit, but where do you go? Remember, if it isn’t safe for you to stay, it’s not safe for your dog, so a go-plan is essential. It’s the steps you’ll take to when you and your dog have to LEAVE your home.

  • • Contact the resources below ahead of time to see if your dog is welcome in case of an emergency. Their responses help determine your go-plan.
  • • Call your local or state emergency management office and ask if they offer accommodations for owners and their pets during a disaster.
  • • Contact motels outside your immediate area to see if they accept dogs. Remember to ask about any size restrictions.
  • • Make arrangements with family and friends outside your area.
  • • Connect with veterinary clinics and boarding facilities.
  • • Reach out to animal shelters; they often will foster pets during a disaster.

Making plans before disaster strikes keep everyone safer and make the process less stressful.