Hurricane Season is officially upon us and many are preparing their homes and their families for a potential storm. What about your pet? Do you have a plan for your four legged family members?
To safely flee the scene with Fido in tow:
• Know where you will go. You can’t leave your pet behind, because even if they do survive the storm they could escape through a broken window, door, etc. They could get lost or harmed by predators and unsanitary conditions. A few helpful pet travel sites I found are: www.pets-allowed-hotels.com, www.dogfriendly.com and www.pettravel.com
• Get your pet an i.d. tag or better yet micro-chipped. Micro-chipping can be done at your veterinarian’s office or you can oftentimes find low cost micro-chip clinics around your area. I personally love TAGG, a pet GPS tracking device, that lets you know where your pet is at all times.
• Have a pet carrier handy to transport your pet easily. For this situation, a simple plastic or rubber pet carrier will be ideal. Bring a crate along that offers your pet ample room to stand up, turn around and lay down.
• Take up-to-date photos of your pet from all sides. Take these with you along with pet meds, i.d. and ownership papers.
• Create Pet Disaster Kit: this should include: meds, medical records, collar, leash, food/water dishes, 14 day supply of food and H2O, manual can opener, blanket, toy, cleanser and disinfectant to handle wastes. Make sure to bring your waste pick up bags. Canned and freeze dried pet foods are good to always have on hand this season.
• Create Pet Medical Emergency Kit include tweezers; scissors; tape, gauze pads and a roll of gauze to clean and cover injuries; an antiseptic solution for cleansing wounds; alcohol pads to clean scissors, tweezers and hands; antibiotic ointment; buffered aspirin for pain and inflammation and Benedryl to reduce allergic reactions to insect bites; and a thermometer (the normal temperature in dogs and cats is between 101 to 102 degrees).
Early preparation is key! Be safe this season!