A few months ago we shared some of our top tips for preparing your pets for a natural disaster including tips on creating a pet first aid kit and being ready in case of a tornado. With hurricane season well underway and the recent threat of Hurricane Dorian on the east coast, we decided to do another post to highlight the importance of being prepared for hurricanes. These storms and their quick-changing conditions often pose life-threatening hazards for pets. During Hurricane Dorian, the Humane Society of Grand Bahama, lost 90 dogs and 7 cats to the rapidly rising floodwaters. Tragedies like these are a reminder to stay one step ahead of the storm in order to protect our furry friends.
Please see the tips below to ensure that you are ready for when the next hurricane strikes.
Prepare A First-Aid Kit
The first step in preparing for a disaster is being ready in case of an emergency. A first aid kit is essential for your pet in the same way that it is for a human. As being prepared can mean the world of difference if your pet gets hurt. For a more detailed listing of what all to include in a first aid kit, see our previous blog. In general, your first aid kit should include:
- Phone Numbers and Your Address
- Medical Supplies for Your Pet (Gauze, eyewash, etc.)
- Extra Equipment such as collars and leashes or items like scissors in case you need to cut your pet free
- Nutritional Support
- Any Needed Medications
- Up To Date Medical Records
- List of Pet-Friendly Hotels and Animal Hospitals along your evacuation route
When A Hurricane Is Coming
Hurricane tracks can often change suddenly and these storms are known for drastically growing in strength. It is important to always be weather aware and if one looks to be heading your way, monitor the situation closely. Here are some tips on what you can do for your pets when you are in the path of a Hurricane.
- Prepare Before the Storm
- Always know your evacuation route should you have to leave your home and seek shelter.
- Keep your pets emergency kit stocked, up-to-date and in an easily accessible location.
- Even if the storm does not seem ‘bad’ or ‘dangerous,’ if you are told to evacuate, heed the warnings and get you as well as your furry friends to safety!
- Make sure your pet is microchipped in case you become separated and ensure that the information it is registered with is up to date.
- When a Storm is Coming
- Pack not only your belongings but your pets first aid kit, their food/water and any important documentation such as their medical/vaccination records.
- Check your pet’s first aid kit for your list of pet-friendly hotels that are along your evacuation route so you and your furry friend can ride out the storm.
- If you are going to be unable to return home right away, look for boarding locations near your evacuation location in the instance you need to board your pet.
- If you need further advice or information, be sure to call your local boarding kennel, veterinarian or animal shelter.
For microchipping and other basic pet wellness needs, stop by HSNEGA’s Healthy Pet Clinic located at 845 W. Ridge Rd, Tuesday-Friday 9:30 am-6 pm or Saturday 9:30 am-1:30 pm. You can also visit HSNEGA.org/wellness-clinic/ for a list of our services.
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