As much as I don’t want to think about it right now, hurricane season is coming up and I’ve heard that we might have an active hurricane season ahead. What do I need to do to make sure that my dog and cat are prepared in case of a hurricane?
Watching the Weather in Woodland Heights
Dear Watching the Weather,
While we all have a lot on our plates right now with the COVID-19 pandemic, beginning June 1, we’ll also be facing hurricane season. While the skies are clear and calm is the best time to formulate a plan for what you’d do to protect yourself and your furry companions in the face of a storm.
In partnership with the SPCA of Texas, Hill’s Pet Nutrition has compiled a list of helpful ideas to ensure that you and your pets are able to weather a storm safely. Here is what they suggest you do to prepare:
- Ensure your pet can be identified by either a microchip or collar ID tag and that contact information is up-to-date.
- Prepare a “Pet Emergency Go-Kit” of pet supplies that is readily accessible in an emergency. Your Pet Go-Kit should include: first aid supplies and guide book; three-days’ supply of pet food (in a waterproof container) and bottled water; a safety harness and leash; waste clean-up supplies; medications and medical records; a contact list of veterinarian and pet care organizations; information on your pet’s feeding routine and any behavioral issues; comfort toys; and a blanket.
- Display a pet rescue decal on your front door or window to let first responders know there is a pet in the house. Include your veterinarian’s contact information.
- Learn where your pet likes to hide in your house when frightened. Finding your pet quickly will help you evacuate faster.
- Identify a location to take your pet if you need to leave your immediate area. Keep in mind that disaster shelters for people may not be open to pets. Scout hotels and motels with pet-friendly policies and ask relatives or friends if they could house you and your pet.
- Carry a picture of your pet in the event of separation.
- If you need to evacuate, consider taking a pet carrier or crate for transport and safe-keeping.
While it’s always best to be safe rather than sorry during storm season, many of these tips apply to everyday emergencies, too. With some forethought and care, you can ensure that you and your pets are well taken care of in the face of any hazard.
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