Hurricane Season has arrived and we want to make sure you have the basics down. Hopefully nothing extreme happens this year, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared for the worst-case-scenario.
1. Get your pet micro-chipped. This form of identification is permanent. Tags and collars can become loose and fall off, but a micro-chip will stay in place for the lifetime of your pet!
A micro-chip is a tiny computer chip, about the size of a grain of rice that is inserted under the pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. It is basically a painless procedure. In the chip itself is your contact information so your pet can be easily returned to you if you get seperated.
2. Ensure you have enough water for not only you and your family, but for your pets too. Sometimes this is forgotten about.
3. Additionally, don’t forget about their food! Also, if he or she is on any medication you need to have these packed as well.
4. Having crates and/or carriers for each of your pets is important. Some pets get extremely “excited” when a big storm hits which can cause different behavior than you are used to handling. If you do need to go to the “safe spot” in your house, bring your pets with you and keep them in their own crate or carrier (preferably underneath a table or some other heavy furniture).
5. If you have a dog, have a leash with you as well. After it is OK to leave the “safe spot” and you all go outside, keep him on a leash and don’t let him drink any water on the ground. Debris and other possible toxins can be in the water after a bad storm which will be harmful to your pet.
Here is a good slideshow that shows exactly what everyone should have in their own Pet Emergency Kit: Click Here
Hopefully you will never experience any need to use your pet’s micro-chip or your Pet Emergency Kit. However, being prepared never hurt anyone–not even your pets! Love, Day and Evening Pet Hospital