Thanks to Irene, hurricane season has officially begun and the fear and panic are also approaching with the big storm. Well, FEAR NOT dog parents! Preparing for the season and all the storms that are coming our way will alleviate those negative feelings and make the hurricane season a “breeze”.
1. Take your dog with you. If you decide to stay in the area for the storm at home, at a friend or family members home, bring your dog with you.
2. Register you and your dog at the nearest Pet-Friendly Evacuation Center. If you live in an evacuation zone or a mobile home register as soon as possible because these evacuation centers fill up quickly. Contact your local government offices for more information.
3. Make sure all vaccines and shots are current and up to date.
4. Have your dog micro-chipped by your vet or Humane Society.
5. Make sure your dog has an ID tag and license on their harness.
6. Fill all of your dogs prescriptions before the approaching storm.
7. Have extra dog food in stock and a lot of extra bottled water.
8. Make an emergency kit, with your dogs vaccination records, medications, first aid supplies, toys and an extra harness and leash, dog food and water. You may need to leave in a hurry, so have this kit ready to go.
There are dog friendly establishments, such as doggie day care and boarding facilities that offer special services for hurricane evacuations. These are great alternative ideas for hurricane season.
The most important thing to remember is that our dogs are our family members, never leave your dog child behind in any situation during a storm. If you cannot get to a friends house, or a pet friendly evacuation center or a dog boarding facility, you can also check into an inland dog friendly hotel. If you are prepared, you will have the peace of mind and supplies to ride out the storm safe and secure.