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Hurricane Preparedness For Your Pet
Hurricanes are hard on everyone, including your pets.  Whether you stay to ride out the storm, or decide to evacuate, you should take your pet's safety and well being into consideration.  Before the beginning of hurricane season, you should ask your vet to prescribe a sedative for your pet.  This is especially important if your pet is frightened by the weather and you decide to shelter in place during the storm.  If you have to evacuate, both you and your pet are going to be mighty miserable after what may be many hours cramped up in the car together.  So do both of you a favor and visit your vet as soon as possible before the next big storm.

Now would be a great time to get a microchip implant for your pet.  Should you and your pet become separated, a microchip can provide positive identification and your contact information.  

As the storm approaches, bring your pets into a secure yard, pen or indoors to prevent them from running off to hide.  Animals can sense storms long before they arrive, and sometimes instinctively seek shelter in what they believe to be a safe place.  This can result in your pet being stranded out in the storm.

Please don't leave your pet to fend for themselves during a storm or hurricane.  Tens of thousands of animals were rescued by volunteers after Katrina.  An unknown number died of drowning, dehydration and from the storm.  As a responsible pet owner, ensure your pets are safe and secure before the storm arrives. 


Evacuation Checklist
 

Here are a few items to pack and things to do before you before an evacuation with your pet:

  • Tranquilizers and medications (These should be purchased from your vet before hurricane season begins)

  • Vaccination papers and medical records (required if you end up at a shelter and need to board your pet)

  • Pet carrier inscribed with pet's name and your contact information

  • Leash 

  • Blanket or towel

  • Poo bags or litter box and litter

  • Color photos of your pet (should they become lost) 

  • Chew toys and treats

  • Don't forget to stock food, water, and a bowl for the pets.  (If you have canned food, be sure to bring a can opener).

  • Compile a list of names of pet-friendly hotels and motels along your evacuation route

  • The name of animal shelters and veterinary offices that can provide foster care or treatment for your pet 


Pets should be treated as part of the family.  Be sure to plan for 
their welfare and safety during a hurricane or evacuation! 


Useful Links

Jersey Village Animal Hospital
In July of 2010, our Mickey D. (pictured above) developed a bladder stone.  The caring staff and veterinarians at Jersey Village Animal Hospital performed surgery and took absolutely wonderful care of our pet.  They are the very best animal hospital I've found in Houston! 

Animal Emergency Center of West Houston
When Mickey first began to show symptoms with her bladder stone over the weekend, we took her to this animal emergency center.  They have a great, state-of-the-art facility and a very compassionate staff.

Ready America: Preparing Your Pets For Emergencies

Animal Disaster Preparedness

Houston Humane Society - Disaster Preparedness: Pet Safety Checklist

HomeAgain Pet Microchips

Official Pet Hotels - Pet Friendly Hotel Finder

Pets Welcome - Pet Friendly Hotel Finder

Pet Friendly Hotels - Pet Friendly Hotel Finder

 

 

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