There are so many amazing things about living in North Carolina, but unfortunately, we also experience hurricanes. With hurricane season in full swing, we want to provide you with some helpful tips to prepare your pets for an oncoming hurricane. Check out these tips to keep your pets safe and prepared.
- Make a plan. It’s important to prepare for a disaster before it happens, so planning ahead is key. Make a plan (and write it down!) for your pets and your family in the event of a hurricane. Some things you should include in your plan are identifying local shelters and veterinary offices both in your area and the area you evacuate to, a meeting place for your family in case you get split up, and local emergency numbers.
- Microchip your pets and make sure the information is up-to-date. In the event that you and your pets become separated, a microchip is the best bet you have to be reunited! This simple procedure lasts a lifetime and the microchip can be scanned from any veterinary office, animal shelter, or by local animal control.
- Get a rescue alert sticker for your home. You can order one for free from the ASPCA – click here to do so. This window decal will alert emergency and rescue personnel that your home has pets. If you evacuate with your pets, you can write EVACUATED across the sticker to alert others of your evacuation.
- Prepare an emergency kit. If you need to evacuate your home during a disaster or crisis, the last thing on your mind should be what pet supplies you’ll need to bring. Prepare an emergency kit ahead of time that includes 3-7 days worth of canned or dry food, paper towels, first aid supplies, dish soap and disinfectant, extra collar and a leash, copies of medical and vaccination records (either printed or on a USB), 7 days worth of bottled water, a crate or carrier, flashlight, blanket, recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated this is a way to help verify ownership and have others assist you in searching for your pet), and optionally toys and treats.
- Stay calm. Whether you leave early, choose to stay, or are required to evacuate, it’s important to stay calm. Your pets sense your emotions, so a calm demeanor can help your pets not to panic or feel stress. Speaking to your pets in a calm, soothing voice during times of stress will help, too.
We hope you and your families stay safe during the upcoming storm. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our hospital.