Florida late summers are known for several things, with heat and hurricanes being at the top of the list. While our latest storm, Fred, is likely to remain a tropical storm, we all know that, sooner or later, a major storm will head this way. One of the good things about hurricanes is the fact that we do know when they are coming, and have time to prepare. A Coral Springs, FL vet offers some suggestions on getting your furry buddy ready in this article.
It’s a good idea to keep some extra supplies at this time of year, just in general. You don’t need to go too crazy, but try to make it a habit of keeping at least a week’s supply of water on hand. Make sure you have enough for both you and your pet! Keep a week or two’s worth of pet food as well. You may also want to make an emergency bag. Include things like food, blankets, dishes, treats, and waste baggies.
Pets should always travel in carriers. It’s a good idea to keep the bag we mentioned above in your pet’s carrier, or at least near it. Put ID tags on the carrier as well. This can become really important if you and your pet are ever separated at a shelter or during travel.
Make sure that your pet is up to date on their vaccinations and parasite control. This is always important, but it’s particularly crucial for emergency preparation. For one thing, your pet may be more likely to come into contact with wild animals and/or insects after a storm, as some wildlife will have been displaced. Plus, many shelters require proof of vaccination.
Pets can get scared in storms, and may run off. They can also get separated from their humans at shelters. If your pet isn’t microchipped yet, we strongly recommend getting this done ASAP. If they are chipped, take time to check your records in the chipmaker’s database. Today also happens to be Check the Chip Day, which makes this a great time to double check your records. Try using the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool, which is located here.
Please do not hesitate to reach out if ever we can be of assistance. As your local Coral Springs, FL animal clinic, we’re here to help!