Video: Make Sure Your Pup Is Storm Ready
Watch the latest Alpha Paw episodes with host Bernie Zilio as she tackles your pet parent questions, along with our board of pet experts. You can watch the video and read the transcript below!
Hurricane Season Is Here
With hurricane season starting earlier this year, it’s imperative you’re prepared for a storm, and just as important is that we include our four-legged buddies in that plan.
A Preventable Tragedy
Case in point: over 250,000 families had pets in New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina. Sadly, because there were no plans to evacuate these families, let alone their pets, an estimated 100,000 pets were left behind.
For families that chose not to evacuate, about 44% of them chose not to leave their homes without their furry friends. It is a serious topic and can gravely impact you and your pet, if you don’t plan ahead of time.
Have An Emergency Supply
The first thing you’re going to want to do is gathering supplies. Have at least five days of food and water stocked up for your pup. More importantly, ensure that you keep the food in an airtight and waterproof container., and make sure you have your bud’s bowls ready to go as well. But you’ll want to stock up on other items too, not just food.
Keep Copies of Your Pet’s Medical Records
You should have copies of all your pet’s medical records, and make sure that they’re updated on their vaccines, since proof of immunization is critical when bringing your pet to a boarding facility or vet office. In the event of an evacuation, these sorts of pet centers can be so so important.
You’ll also want to ensure that their rabies tag is also included on their collar and it might not be a bad idea to put a harness on your fur baby, to provide extra security so that they can’t slip away in all of the commotions of an evacuation.
That said, if those aren’t an option for you, you’ll want to make sure to reach out to pet-friendly hotels or even family or friends who live out of the area, who can accommodate you and your canine companion, should you need to leave your home.
Make Sure Your Pet’s Microchip Is Updated
Make sure your dog is microchipped. It’s a simple and easy permanent form of identification that can help you and your dog get reunited if you’re separated. Also, make sure that your contact information and address are on your dog’s ID tags AND that they’re up to date!
There are additional pet-specific items to have in the event of a storm such as a pet carrier, calming chews, potty bags or pee pads. However, no matter how much more you add to the emergency list, always ensure you have the items highlighted above.