Preparing Your Pet for a Hurricane

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In an emergency, your pets will be even more dependent on you for their safety and well-being. Your family’s disaster plans must include your furry family members too.

You should prepare a disaster survival kit for all your pets and store it with your family’s disaster survival kit. Your Pet Disaster Kit should include:

  • Make sure you have pet carriers. For cats, don’t forget the litter box (portable ones are available).
  • In addition to your own box of emergency supplies, stock a pet hurricane box with leashes, food bowls, water and sealable bags for 2 weeks worth of extra food.
  • Don’t forget favorite blankets, bedding or some toys that will make them feel better. Think comfort.
  • Also, put together a pet first aid kit, which can include bandaging material, antibiotic cream and tweezers.
  • Don’t overlook the veterinary documents you should have ready to take with you. These include your veterinarian’s phone number, your pets’ vaccination histories, your pets’ microchip registrations and records detailing any chronic illnesses.
  • Pack the medicines your pets take, in the original bottles.

Micro-chipping and Registration

If you do not already have your pet micro-chipped, it is recommend to do so now. In the case you and your pet are separated, a microchip stores basic information like your name and number and help bring your pet home. If you are not sure if your pet is micro-chipped, you can bring them in to be scanned with a microchip reader.

 

If your pet is already microchipped, please ensure that your registration with your name, phone number, and address are up to date. To do so, go to http://www.petmicrochiplookup.org/ to see which company your pet is registered with to update the information.

You can also go to  https://www.freepetchipregistry.com/ to register your pet.

 

We urge people who live in an evacuation zone or a place prone to flooding to find people who live on higher ground.

Emergency Veterinary Hospitals

BluePearl’s veterinary hospitals in TampaClearwaterBrandon and Sarasota plan to stay open 24 hours each day.

The company recommends becoming familiar with pet-friendly emergency shelters in the area, but remember they are the last resort. BluePearl recommends having pets stay with friends.

Pet owners may also want to scout out pet-friendly hotels.

BluePearl also listed a few things not to do:

  • Don’t change your mind about evacuating at the last minute and find yourself driving through the storm.  Driving in the storm can be more dangerous than staying put.
  • Don’t say at the last minute, “I’ll just board Fido at the vet’s office.” Your family veterinarian may not be open and if they are, they may be fully booked. Also, BluePearl hospitals are not set up to be shelters. They’re open so the staff can provide treatment to injured and ill pets during a time of need.
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