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.
Here are a few items to
pack and things to do before you before an evacuation with
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
inscribed with pet's name and your contact information
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
The name of
animal shelters and veterinary offices that can provide
foster care or treatment for your pet
should be treated as part of the family. Be sure to plan
their welfare and safety during a hurricane or evacuation!
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
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.
America: Preparing Your Pets For Emergencies
Humane Society - Disaster Preparedness: Pet Safety Checklist
Pet Hotels - Pet Friendly Hotel Finder
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