Safety and your puppy

        When it comes to safety, we all want our dogs to be safe. They are precious to us, members of our family, and we never want any harm to come to them. For this reason we are firm believers that:

  • Dogs should always travel in crates in the car
  • Collars should ONLY be worn when dogs are on leash. Never in crates, or in the presense of off-leash dogs

Always have a plan. Recently (2016), Fort McMurry (Alberta) has been under severe threat from forest fires, and people have had to evacuate with little to no notice. Thankfully this wonderful country that we live in has rallied around the community, providing transportation, food, and shelter not just for the people but also for their pets. But what if they hadn’t? I encourage you to have a “bug-out bag” packed: 72 hours worth of supplies for both you and your dog. 

  • Freeze dried food takes up less space than kibble, and is much easier to pack/travel with than raw. It also keeps for a long time, so purchasing a large bag once a year to keep in your emergency kit is actually a feasable thing to do. Freezedried foods are also available for people.  
  • Water filter - packing water can be a waste of space and a huge increase in weight if you know you will have a source where you land - though you do want to pack a small amount of bottled water. Packing a filter means the water doesn’t have to be potable. This can be used for both you and your dog. 
  • A harness, spare collar, and waist-leash - something that won’t be slippery when wet, and that your dog can’t slip! I don’t normally recommend harnesses, but in this case I do as they’re harder to slip and can be worn comfortably for long periods of time. If you had to sleep in a shelter, it’s much easier to sleep with your dog attached to you with a harness and waist-leash. 
  • A copy of your dogs’ vaccination records, and any relevent medical information.
  • First Aid Kit - K9 and human. It doesn’t need to be elaborate, but you do need the necessities. Tweezers, scissors, sterile bandages, sanitary napkins, vet wrap, tape, disinfectant, contact solution, a 60cc syringe, an antibacterial and antifungal cream, and clean and sterile gloves. Talk to your vet about what else should be included for your dog (medications, etc). 
  • Posters of pictures from front/side/rear, complete with description - in case your dog gets lost. No one wants to think about it, but you want to be prepared. Make sure your cell phone number is on the posters.
  • Cell phone charger. Always have an extra. Hopefully where you end up will have electricity, but in the event that it doesn’t you will need to conserve your batteries. 
  • A power pack. These are not lightweight, but are worth their weight in gold if you are out for several days. Buy one when they come on sale and keep it charged. 
  • Flashlights. Not only for if you have to travel in the dark, but also to help you inspect splinters and cuts. 

© Shari Joanisse 2017