Hurricane season is here and we know there’s nothing we can do to stop extreme weather. We can, however, prepare for it. A little forethought goes a long way, especially when it comes to protecting our furry families should the worst happen.
Begin by making sure your animal companions are up to date on their vaccines and have had a recent wellness visit.
If your pet has yet to be microchipped, get that taken care of now. Microchips are a safe and affordable form of permanent ID that dramatically increases the likelihood a lost pet will be returned to you safe and sound.
Preparation that allows for a quick exit is particularly important if you have a senior pet. If the power goes out, it’s going to get very hot in your house very fast and older pets are vulnerable to heat stroke.
To aid in a fast evacuation, pack a pet-centric go bag and keep it near the door. The bag should include a wide array of essentials like:
- Water, water, water and more water. Have at least seven days’ worth of bottled water for each person and pet.
- Enough food for everyone for at least a week, if not longer. Ensure that food is stored in water-tight containers, and only use canned food if you are desperate. Please note that changing your pets’ diet can lead to diarrhea and dehydration.
- Pet first-aid kit and guide book. Know what to have and do in case of an emergency. You can find a list of first aid supplies and tips here.
- Pet medical supplies. Store photocopies of medical records as well as a waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires.
- Other miscellaneous essentials. Include a flashlight, blanket, recent photos of your pet, liquid dish soap, disinfectant, and a long leash and yard stake.
Proper transport for each pet. This could be a traveling bag, crate, or sturdy carrier.
If your pets are overdue for their shots or need essential medication refills, don’t wait. Give us a call at 504-467-6431 or book an appointment online before the first drop of rain begins to fall. Our team is on your side and happy to help you weather the storm!