With the latest hurricanes Irma and Harvey in the news, there were stories of animals being left behind because the owners didn't know what to do or how to take care of them.
This is heartbreaking! The owners were not responsible pet owners. It made me cry to see those pets all cold, sad and standing on the roadside all alone. When there is a national disaster, it's important to take care of your furbaby too. And it's quite easy! It just takes a few minutes of planning.
Here are 5 tips to prepare your pet for a national disaster (if the unfortunate happens!):
Have a copy of your pets recent vaccinations, allergies, and medical records with you. In case you need to take him/her to the vet or need to go to a shelter, they will require these records.
Always have a pet first aid kit on hand. Also, have enough water and food supply for about a week for just your pet. This is very important because a lot of people just get enough water for themselves, but they also have to consider their pets as well. Plastic water bottles are perfect for drinking. However, fill a 5-gallon water container in case you need to clean/wash your pet and to clean their food containers.
Bring Favorite Items
If you need to evacuate from a hurricane or go somewhere safe like a cellar, take their favorite blanket, toy, etc. with you so that they can feel comfortable.
Book Ahead Early
If you live in a hurricane state/city you know too well that you might need to evacuate. If needed, book a hotel room early in the place that you are going to evacuate to. Pet-friendly hotels book fast! Last year during Hurricane Matthew we were extremely lucky to get a pet-friendly hotel room in Atlanta. There were only a few left by the time we booked- and that was 2 days before we evacuated!
Yes, this is a very important tip. Your pet can pick up your vibes. They will also feel panicked and stressed if you feel that way. Make it fun for your furbaby. Say you are going on a car ride to go to the park! Obviously, there are situations that you have to immediately evacuate to a cellar, like for a tornado, but with hurricanes, you can prepare beforehand! In those situations where you have to go to a shelter immediately, cuddle with your furbaby. Make him/her feel less frightened by cuddling them, petting them, etc. Also, consider leaving a thunder jacket for pets in your cellar to help your pet feel a little calmer during the loud noises.
I hope this helped you prepare your pet for a natural disaster! Remember that each natural disaster is different and will require slightly different planning. But for the most part, the above tips should apply to all of them.
Have you ever been in a natural disaster with your furbaby? If so, share your experience below in the comments!
Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!