Hurricane Safety: Do You
Have a Plan for Your Pet?
Tips for Hurricane Pet Safety
Storms are often stressful for pets. They are usually more in tune with weather patterns than us, and hurricane rains and winds can cause significant anxiety. It’s important to remember that pets look to you for calming reassurance. In the event of a hurricane, handle your pet with a gentle tone of voice and controlled movements so as not to frighten them further. Staying calm is not only great for them but helps you keep a clearer head, too!
Additionally, keep these other points in mind when confronted with an incoming hurricane:
- Well before the storm, make sure your pet is familiar with your shelter, or whatever crawl space or area you would take refuge in so that when the time comes, they will calmly follow you in.
- Give your pet a collar with all the appropriate identification on it and have them microchipped if they are not already. Losing your pet during a storm is a scary experience, but these precautions will help them get back home to you. Ask your veterinarian for about a microchip at your next visit.
- Have a pet emergency kit on hand that you can grab if evacuating or keep with you in the shelter. It should include:
- Vaccination and medical records. Should you need to take your pet to boarding out of the area before the storm or during evacuation, the facility will undoubtedly require their vaccination records.
- Food and water, enough for up to a week if possible, but at least 3 or 4 days should do.
- Any medication and instructions for taking them.
- Collar, muzzle, and leash.
- Newspaper or puppy pads.
- Plastic bags.
- A portable litter box for your cat.
Hurricanes can be dangerous but having a plan in place for your entire family, including the four-legged members, will ensure you all weather the storm safely. Contact our animal hospital today at (228) 872-1231 for more hurricane pet safety tips!