With Hurricane Ian headed toward Florida, it’s important to prepare as much as possible for ourselves and our pets. Many times pets are a second thought when it comes to creating an emergency plan, but we’ve put together some resources to help pet owners think ahead.
Hurricane Checklist For Pet Owners
- Know how to locate the nearest pet-friendly hurricane shelter. Do not leave your pets behind.
- Food. Store enough food for you and your pets for up to two weeks. If your pet eats canned food, be sure to have a can opener.
- Water. Store enough water for you and your pets for up to two weeks. You can fill a bathtub before the storm starts to store your water.
- Medicines and medical records. If your pets take daily medication, make sure to fill the prescription before the storm is impacting your area and keep it in a tamper-proof container. Have your copies of your pet’s veterinary records. Having the name and number of your veterinarian is also helpful to have on hand.
- Important documents. Be sure to have a copy of vet records, microchip data, therapy pet and service pet certificates – and easy way to keep them dry is to store them in a gallon zipper bag. You may need these for pet-friendly hurricane shelters.
- First aid kit. For you and your pets. Include flea and tick medication as well as antibiotic ointments and bandages.
- Collar or harness. Be sure to include an ID tag (your name and phone number), a rabies tag and any other identifying information, and have a leash on hand.
- Crate or pet carrier. Have a sturdy, safe crate or carrier in case you need to evacuate. The carrier should be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down.
- Sanitation. Pet litter and litter box if appropriate, dog poo bags, plastic bags and household cleaners, like bleach or vinegar for cleaning messes.
- A picture of you and your pet together. If you and your pet were to be separated, you’ll need proof he is yours. Many pets look alike so be certain you have photos that show his distinct markings.
- Items your pet associates with home. This can include toys, blankets, bedding or anything that is familiar to your pet. This can help reduce stress for your pet.
And if you care for community cats, the Humane Society has a helpful guide on what to do before and after a storm.
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