How To Protect Your Pets In A Hurricane

Looking after pets during a hurricane is no different from looking after you and I – the key is preparation.

If at all possible – leave the area. No plans are fail-proof and the best place is out of the hurricane’s way.

Make sure your pet is microchipped. That way you are much more likely to be reunited with the lost pet if the worst happens.

Stock up on food and water, as well as bedding and toilet litter for cats.

If your pet is on medication or special diet, make sure you have ample supply.

Provide sturdy, sheltered enclosure, ideally indoors and protected from the wind.

Beware of breaking windows and the danger of broken glass for your pet’s paws. Tape the windows shut or (and) purchase glass-proof booties for your dog. They are inexpensive and can be a good insurance if you plan to walk your dog after the storm.

After the hurricane is over – don’t just let your dog out into the backyard. Check for debris and walk the length of the fence to make sure there are no gaps.

Disease outbreaks often follow natural disasters due to dirty water. etc spreading bacteria. So stay alert  even after the storm is over.

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About Dr Vadim Chelom

Dr Vadim Chelom is a Registered Veterinarian, a writer and an educator

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