Hurricane Pet Safety Tips & Educational Links

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Being so close to the ocean means ocean-fueled storms are imminent, and none are more threatening than hurricanes. As hurricane season approaches, it’s important to have a hurricane pet safety plan you can implement if needed. Whether you decide to weather the storm or evacuate, making your pet a part of your plans could help save their life. See our veterinarian-recommended hurricane pet safety tips below to get started!

Tips for Weathering Hurricane Season

Tips for Weathering Hurricane Season

The severity of hurricanes varies greatly, but there’s no way to know until the storm hits. Being prepared is the best way to keep your family and pets safe during a raging storm.

Below are hurricane pet safety tips to help you plan for the worst:

  • Keep a record of your pet’s vaccinations and medical history. This includes having them on your phone and having printed copies. You can do this by downloading our app and going to your pet portal. If you need to take your pet to a shelter or boarding facility, they’ll likely require your pet’s recent paperwork.
  • Have current photos of your pet on hand in case they do get lost.
  • Make sure they are wearing a collar that has all their current identification information. You should also have your pet microchipped so if they do run off, any shelter or animal hospital that receives them will be able to scan their chip and trace them back to you. Make sure that if your pet is microchipped, their chip number is registered with your current contact information (including address).
  • Put together an emergency supply kit with the following items: pet carrier or crate, ID, immunization records, medication, supply of food and water, collar or muzzle, a leash, puppy pads, plastic bags, or a litter box for your cat.
  • If you decide to weather the storm, bring your pets inside well before the storm hits and keep them calm by not panicking yourself. Use a calm voice and gentle actions to handle them.
  • If you’re staying home with your pet, make sure to stock up on bottled water and food for both you and your pet. You never know when you might need it!
  • During the storm, keep your pet in a crate, carrier, or on a leash. You never know how they may react, or if you’ll have to evacuate in the midst of it.
  • In the case of an evacuation, once you return, your surroundings are likely to have changed. This new environment may confuse your pet, so keep them on a leash until they become re-oriented with their surroundings.
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Educational Links for Hurricane Safety

For further information about pet safety during hurricane season, check out the links below.