In the event of a natural disaster, you must make the safety of your pet a priority. You need to make early preparations to avoid confusion and chaos later. Hurricanes can be ruthless and unpredictable. This is why it is important to prepare for the worst during the hurricane season.
Unfortunately, many pet owners leave pets behind in the rush to evacuate. This does not have to be the case. Remember that your pet relies on you to keep him/her safe. Having a disaster preparedness plan that includes your pet can ensure your animal friend’s safety.
It is important to make a disaster plan that includes your pet. If you need to put up more safety measures to get through the hurricane season, you should do the same for your pet. You will drastically decrease your pet’s chances of survival if you leave them behind.
You need to have a pet-inclusive evacuation plan you can activate fast. Everyone in your home should be familiar with your plan, which should include evacuating to a facility or location that will accept pets. You need to remember that many evacuation shelters, hotels, and motels do not allow pets.
If the place you plan to stay does not accept pets, you should prepare a list of designated caregivers who can take care of your pet. These can be relatives, friends, veterinarians, animal shelters, or boarding facilities. If you have several pets, you might want to find more than one place for them to go.
It is important to pack an emergency kit before the hurricane season begins. It should contain emergency supplies for you and your pet. It should have supplies you need, such as food, water, radio, flashlight, medications, and more. It should also contain the following:
Food and water for your pet.
Food and water bowls.
Pet medical records and medication.
Poop bags and litter box.
A microchip poses no health risk to your pet. In addition, the injection is relatively painless and quick. A scanning device used by most veterinarians, humane societies, animal control, and shelters reads your pet’s identification number when passed over the microchip. Someone will then contact you and give you the location of your pet.
Most pet owners would prefer to keep their animal friends with them throughout the evacuation process. Unfortunately, this is not always possible. If you must take your pet to a boarding facility or shelter, they must be current on all vaccinations. Most pet shelters and boarding facilities will ask you to show proof of vaccinations.
If you choose not to evacuate, you still need to pack your emergency evacuation kit and keep it ready should evacuation become necessary. You should also ensure your pet is ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Also, remember to stay calm because your pet can sense your stress.
Call us at Springwood Veterinary Hospital in Spring, Texas at (281) 370-3262 with any questions or for more tips to prepare your pet for Hurricane Season.