As we Floridians know, we can get quite the storms in our area. It’s good to know what you can do to not only prepare you and your family for these storms, but also what you need to do to properly prepare for your pets!
Here is a short list of things we think are highly important for you to keep track of:
- KNOW WHICH SHELTERS ALLOW PETS. Some evacuation shelters do not allow pets. Call around and know which are ones you are able to go to. It has been noted that some shelters turned people away because they had pets, so know before you go!
- HAVE AT LEAST A WEEK’S WORTH OF FOOD AND MEDS. To be on the safe side, we recommend having at least 1 week’s worth of food and if your pet is on any medication, also getting at least a week’s worth of that too.
- WATER. When you get water for your family, don’t forget to get some for the pets too.
- GET A PET CARRIER/CRATE. In the event there is an evacuation, bring your pet in a carrier. If you have a large pet, keep a crate handy. Most crates are easily transported and fold up. If you don’t have a crate, look for one that does fold up.
- MICROCHIP YOUR PET. Please, please microchip your pet! We do it very inexpensively at the Day and Evening Pet Hospital. It’s a very quick procedure, essentially painless, and will give you peace of mind. We can’t stress enough how helpful it has been to reunite pets with their owners when they are microchipped.
- DON’T FORGET LEASHES. Bring the leashes–don’t forget them at home.
- OTHER: Bring their favorite blanket and toy. For cats, don’t forget their litter box and litter supplies. You can request copies of their vet records if you are evacuating to a different state.
This may not be a full and complete list for everyone, but this a good general outline to ensure you and your pet, as easily as possible, get through a national disaster. We hope no one ever needs to use this list but we do believe in being prepared!