Hurricane Prep would be an awesome name for a school, right? Especially in a coastal town like ours.
Pet owners have an extra set of responsibilities during storm prep.
1. If evacuating, determine whether you can safely and reasonably bring pets with you.
If yes – be certain the intended storm shelter, hotel, or other destination will accept pets.
If no – find out which local animal shelters and boarding kennels will accept pets during the storm.
2. Gather all paperwork showing that your pet is up-to-date on its vaccinations, whether your pet stays home or heads for higher ground.
If the vaccines are expired, now is a good time to renew them.
3. Stock up on your pet’s medications. In the case of evacuation, you may need two weeks’ to one month’s worth of medications on hand.
4. Transfer your pet’s food to a sturdy, water-tight container, to prevent spoilage.
5. When buying gallon water jugs for the family, figure in each pet as one more family member and purchase water accordingly.
6. Gather collars or harnesses, tags, leashes or pet carriers for easy access during evacuation.
7. Animals with storm anxiety may need extra care; those that tend to run or hide may be more safely kept in a roomy pet crate during the storm.
8. A permanent microchip ID, such as HomeAgain, is the best bet for reuniting pets and families that may become separated during the storm.
And remember to pick up your copy of “Saving the Whole Family”, available at our office for $2. The booklet has tips for owners of dogs, cats, reptiles, horses, and other pets. You’ll also find complete guides to building first-aid kits and evacuation kits. Get yours today!