Here are a few key things to help prepare you and your pet for hurricane season:
-Always have several days' worth of food and clean water on hand for you, your family and your pet. Two weeks worth is preferrable.
-If your pet is on medications or a prescription food, please stock up on these in advanced as well.
-Make sure your pet is identified with a tag and, ideally, a microchip. It is now law that all dogs and cats are microchipped. Your pet's tag should include several phone numbers for you and even for a relative or friend out of the area.
-A pet first aid kit is a necessity year-round, but especially during hurricane season.
-Pack up an emergency travel kit for your pet in case of evacuation, with an extra identification tag, collar, and leash, food & water bowls, litter & trays for cats, disposable garbage bags for messes, disinfectant, food, bottled water, medications, a flashlight, a blanket, photos of your pet, their microchip number and a travel crate/kennel if you have one. Be sure to change out food and medication after they've been in your kit for a while!
-Plan ahead! Arrange a safe haven (a boarding kennel, motels or a friend/relative out of the area, etc.) for your pet if evacuation is necessary. Not all disaster shelters accept pets, so keep this in mind when planning your evacuation. Most require owners to bring their own crates for their pets.
Remember: if it's not safe for you, it's not safe for your pet! Please don't leave your pet behind.
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