As the first day of summer approaches, so does hurricane season. June is National Pet Preparedness Month, which urges people with pets to make preparations in case they should be hit with a natural disaster. In these types of situations that often come with little warning, preparation is key to ensuring the safety and security of loves ones, including your pet.
Have a Safe Haven. If, for some reason, you are away or cannot get to your pet when disaster strikes, find a local dog daycare, friend or pet sitter that can reach your pet. You never want to leave a pet behind in an emergency as they, most likely, cannot fend for themselves, or may end up getting lost. Try and make plans ahead of time to evacuate to somewhere like a pet-friendly hotel or friend or family’s home that is out of the area.
Make Sure Vaccinations are Up to Date. Should your pet need to stay at a shelter or in overnight boarding, important documents pertaining to vaccinations or medications will be crucial. Ensure their vaccines are up to date so you don’t have any issues leaving your pet in a safe place.
Microchip Your Pet. Even when you first get your pet, getting a microchip could be the difference between keeping him/her safe and making them a stray. Microchips allow for vets to scan lost animals to determine their identity so that they are safely returned home. It is important to ensure that your microchip is registered and up to date so if your pet is lost, when the microchip is scanned, your information is accessible to whoever recovers your pet.
Stock Up on Food & Water. Enough water for your pet is crucial. Never allow Fido to drink water immediately after a storm as chemicals and bacteria could be abundant in tap water. Also, be sure to stock up on at least 1 week’s worth of food.
Make Fido Feel at Home. Like people, pets will become stressed when their safety is at risk. Whether you are waiting out a storm or relocating to a different area, be sure to have their favorite toys, ALWAYS have a leash and collar, comfortable bed or crate for proper security. If your pet is prone to anxiety, stress-relieving products, like a dog anxiety vest or natural stress-relieving medication or sprays can help easy them in times of emergency.
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