Emergency Preparedness

for Florida Pet Owners

Florida Division of Emergency Management- Floridadisaster.org

This site provides a wealth of information including updates about weather and pending emergencies, post-disaster recovery, and planning.  Included is a step-by-step online guide to develop your own family disaster plan, suggested contents for emergency kits, and numerous other resources.

FEMA brochure- Prepare for Emergencies Now- Information for Pet Owners.

FEMA- Kit of Emergency Supplies for Pets- Pet Owners Fact Sheet

Disaster Preparedness

Includes a link to request an emergency planning kit for pet owners.

American Red Cross- Pets and Disaster Safety Check List

Do-It-Yourself Emergency Kit

This kit is packed in a 5-gallon bucket... easy to transport in case of evacuation.  Experts advise that you construct one for each of the humans in your family, and another for your pets.

Pet Disaster Preparedness Guide - 2015

Publication of the Highlands County (Florida) Emergency Operations Center.  (Although this document cites Highlands County specifics regarding pet shelters and registration, many other counties have similar requirements.  Check for resources in your county!)

Tips for Training the

Terrier in Your Household

Terrier-Centric Dog Training

In Terrier-Centric Dog Training, author Dawn Antoniak-Mitchell takes up the challenge to help terrier owners train their dogs  by making sure they understand the instincts that are bred into terriers and what the most effective training and management techniques are to use when working with a "natural born killer".  You can train your terrier, but just don't let him loose off-leash in a park full of squirrels!

When Pigs Fly Dog Training

Excellent, informative website by Jane Killian (author of When Pigs Fly! Training Success with Impossible Dogs.  A long-time breeder and trainer of bull terriers, be sure to check out her article  (on the website) Consequences, Schmonsequences- How Dog Training Works.

Virtual Pet Behaviorist

Advice about treating your dog's behavior issue or understanding why your dog does what he does.  (Includes many topics such as house training, chewing, digging- and much more!)

Dog Food Advisor
Posts notices about dog food and pet treat recalls.

Florida Snake Identification
(Florida Museum of Natural History)
An excellent database for identification of Florida snakes, including detailed descriptions and  color photographs.

Heatstroke- Can My Dog Get Heatstroke?

Excellent overview of heatstroke in dogs published on the Dogs Naturally website, written by Jessica Peralty initially for Holistic Care.

Pet Poison Help Line
(855) 289-0358
A searchable database of items poisonous to dogs (free); 24-hour poisoning crisis help line ($49 fee).

Physical Therapy for Pets

An interesting article containing many related links focusing on the use of physical therapy for dogs.  (Contributed by  Sara- a student interested in physical therapy.)

Scottish Terrier Health Library (ScottiePhile)
An extensive library of information regarding Scottie health issues and diseases.

Ticks- The Best Way to Remove a Tick- Video

University of California- Davis
Veterinary Medical School

Includes an extensive list of plants toxic to dogs (with photos and detailed descriptions).

University of Florida - Florida's only College of  Veterinary Medicine

UF Small Animal Hospital (Gainsville)

Call (352) 392-2235

UF Pet Emergency Services (Ocala)
          Call (352) 512-0886

Health and Safety Resources

Scottish Terrier Rescue of Florida

Scottish Terrier Rescue of Florida (STROF) is dedicated to the rescue and placement of homeless and displaced Scottish Terriers in Florida.

For immediate rescue assistance contact STROF at:



Facebook   (STRofFlorida)

Breeder Referral

The STCTB has among its members some of the most reputable and responsible breeders in the country. 

Whether you are interested in a Scottish Terrier as a  pet  or companion, or a well-bred potential show dog, refer to STCTB's breeder referral listing. STCTB Breeder Referral Link

Of course, you can contact STCA breeder referral chair. The chair can assist you in locating a breeder and possible available puppies. 

National STCA Representative

Tambre Knox


While it is tempting to begin your search by going to a pet store, or looking online or in the classified ads, we urge you to contact the club first.  One of the single most important decisions- for your satisfaction and the future well being of the breed- is to ensure that you receive a happy, healthy dog to join your family. 

By contacting the club you are ensuring that you will be talking to members who care and are 100% committed to the health of the breed.  This means that you will only be matched with a dog that is truly a great representation of the breed that has been brought up in the best environment possible.   We encourage potential new owners to identify thoughtful breeders who stand behind the quality of their puppies.

Articles That May

be of Interest

The Illustrated Guide to the Scottish Terrier (excerpt and link to site from which to purchase the full guide)

Purchasing a Scottie.  What the Prospective Owner Needs to Know

Hornets and Snakes and Spiders- Oh My!  Protecting Your Dog from Things That Bite or Sting
Excellent article by Norine Dworkin, originally published in the AKC Gazette (April 1996, Vol 113, No 4)

American Animal Hospital Association

Includes a pet health library, a pet health blog, and a list of accredited veterinary hospitals.

American Kennel Club (AKC)
Information on dog emergencies and contents for a dog first aid kit.

Bufo Toad Information- University of Florida Wildlife Extension Service

Excellent photos to assist in identification, information about the life cycle of the bufo toad- and much more.

Bufo Toad Poisoning- A Case in Tampa

The Tampa Tribute 9-6-15

Bufo Toad Poisoning in Tampa- Video

Local Vet group issues bufo toad warning.  WFTS  9-26-13

Canine  Health Information Network

Features a searchable, centralized canine health database.

Canine Bladder Cancer

An excellent article by Dr. Deborah Knapp of Purdue University about Transitional Cell Carcinoma (TCC) in dogs.

Canine Bladder Cancer Clinic-

Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital

TCC diagnosis and management

Call (765) 494-1107 for appointment

Call (765) 494-1130 for clinical trial

General Breed Information

Scottish Terrier Club of America (STCA)
Information of special interest to owners of Scottish Terriers including breed standard, breeder referral, health and safety, and rescue.

American Kennel Club  (AKC)


Wealth of information for dog owners, dog breeders and general public about dog-related events and shows, registration,  dog health and safety,and legislation.

Florida Association of Kennel Clubs (FAKC)


An association of dog breed clubs and dog interest groups in Florida focused on the protection and well-being of purebred dogs.


Links, Resources, and

Scottie Rescue Information