Hurricane season is looming. This is very obvious if you look at current forecasts! Maybe you’re well prepared to keep your family safe, but have you given enough thought to keeping your favorite felines and precious puppers safe as well?
Consider the following tips. It is always better to be safe than sorry, and your pets are fully dependent on you.
Do you know where your pet carriers are? Keep them handy in case you need to quickly evacuate, and make sure you have any necessary items attached to them, like leashes and waterproof containers that can hold medical records or medication.
In the event that your pet gets separated from you, a microchip can sometimes be the best means to make sure they’ll be able to find their way back home. If your pet has a collar with tags, make sure they’re wearing them.
I know we sometimes like to take collars off of our dogs at night to help them be more comfortable. Don’t do that in these situations.
Keep a backpack handy that contains all the necessary pet items. Pack as much food as you can safely handle, and containers that can hold water. If you have cats, you might want to consider how you want to handle their litterbox – puppy pads will always do in a crunch!
One of the best things you can do for your pet is to try to stay calm. This will help relax them in turn. A lot of times we end up riding these things out at home, and a less-panicked pet is always better than one who isn’t. Speak calming words to them and let them know everything will be ok.
Keeping them in their crate is also an option to help keep them calm This can be especially helpful because if the worst happens, the last thing you want to worry about is tracking down a lost and scared pet.
Most importantly, don’t leave your pets behind. One of the cruelest things that have happened during past weather disasters is that people would leave their dogs tied up outside. These poor pets had nowhere to even escape! Don’t let this be you. Just don’t.