Given the focus on the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s understandable if hurricane season slipped your mind. But no matter what kind of emergency we’re facing, it’s important your family and pets are prepared. Here are some tips to make sure your animal companions are covered:
- Microchip your pets. Truly, this is one of the most important things you can do for your animal companions right now. If your pets are already microchipped, check that their registration is updated with your current address and phone number. Pets often run off when they are afraid, and microchipping helps make it easier for authorities to get your pet back to you.
- Have a proper carrier or kennel. Even dogs who walk on leash will need a carrier or kennel of some sort in most emergency shelters. Laundry baskets, boxes, and pillowcases are not carriers, and will not suffice as a safe way to carry a nervous animal or as a place for your pet to be for an extended period of time. Any carrier or kennel should be large enough for your pet to stand up and turn around inside.
- Put together an emergency preparedness kit. You probably already have a kit like this for your human family members, and you should have one for your pets as well. The kit should include food, water, treats, bedding, toys, leashes, and collars. Also important: If your pet is on medication for a chronic condition, see that you have at least two weeks’ supply of that medication in their emergency kit!
- Vaccination/medical records. As part of your pet’s emergency kit, you will want to have a copy of your pet’s vaccination and medical records, as well as contact information for your veterinarian. Animal Care Center clients can easily access their pet’s records through EPetHealth on our website.
- Find somewhere to stay / find a designated caregiver. In an emergency you may have to leave your home—and many shelters don’t allow pets. Call hotels ahead of time to see if they welcome pets in case of an emergency. Should you need to leave your animals behind, designate someone to care for them in your absence and make sure this person has a way to access your home.
- Bring your pets inside. Whether you must evacuate or you are holed up in your home for a few days, your pet should be inside and with you as much as possible.
If we can help make sure you and your pet are prepared in case of a hurricane or other emergency, please don’t hesitate to call on us!