Too many times lately we see pets abandoned during weather-related disasters and with yet another Hurricane possibly headed our way (Maria), Petplan pet insurance wants to remind responsible pet parents to be aware of these simple tips to keep their pets safe and sound out of harms way.
Before the Storm: Keep calm and prepare. Pets can sense barometric pressure changes, so ease worry by speaking in a reassuring voice and distracting pets with games, toys and natural calming remedies.
In the Thick of It: Take shelter and keep pets inside—do not let them out in your yard off-leash! Stock up on puppy pads for an indoor bathroom solution. If you evacuate, make sure your dogs have ID tags and cats are in crates.
Aftermath: Proceed with caution. Pets can become injured or ill from breathing toxic generator fumes, drinking dirty water or eating spoiled food.
Hurricane Evacuation Kit Checklist for Pets
- Pet carrier
- Medication for two weeks
- Food and water for one week
- Two slip leashes
- Printed and electronic copies of medical history
- Identification and contact information
- Take a photo of your pet before you leave your home
- Litter, piddle pads and trash bags
- Shampoo, brush, towels
- Plenty of patience
No one plans on a natural disaster disrupting his or her lives. What you can prepare for is how you’ll respond when the crisis occurs. Good luck, be safe, and may we all be pet-prepared should disaster strike.