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The Pet Parents' Guide To Preparing For Hurricane Season

May 24, 2022

The Pet Parents' Guide To Preparing For Hurricane Season

Is your pet prepared for hurricane season? Even if you don't live in a hurricane-prone area, it's important to be ready in case an emergency or other natural disaster hits. This guide will help you get your furry friend ready for whatever might come their way. From assembling an emergency kit to creating an evacuation plan, we've got you covered.

1. Make sure pets are microchipped and/or have identification.

In the event that your pet gets lost during a hurricane, having them microchipped and/or wearing identification will greatly increase the chances of being reunited. Make sure the information on their ID is up to date, including your current contact information.

2. Assemble an emergency kit.

Just like you would for yourself and your family, put together a pet emergency kit with everything your furry friend might need in case of an evacuation or power outage. Include items such as food, water, bowls, medications, a first-aid kit, litter and litter box (if applicable), toys, and bedding. We suggest storing your emergency supplies inside a travel crate or carrier, making it easy to simply grab and go in the event of an emergency or evacuation. You will also want to include copies of important documents such as vaccination and medical records.

3. Create an evacuation plan.

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If a hurricane or other natural disaster is headed your way, you may need to evacuate your home. This means having a plan in place for how you'll get your pets to safety. If possible, choose a friend or family member who lives outside the danger zone to be your pet's designated caregiver. If that's not an option, research pet-friendly hotels or shelters in advance so you know where to go. Make sure you have your pet's carrier or crate, emergency kit, and ID tags with you when you leave.

4. Stay aware of the weather forecast.

Keep an eye on the weather forecast and be ready to evacuate if a hurricane is headed your way. If you have time before the storm hits, bring your pets indoors and secure them in a safe room. This will help reduce their stress and keep them safe from possible storm damage.

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5. Be prepared for power outages.

If a hurricane knocks out power, be prepared to care for your pet without electricity. Have enough food and water on hand for at least three days, as well as a manual can opener if you're using canned food. You may also want to consider investing in a generator to power your pet's essential needs like a water heater, air conditioner, or aquarium filter.

6. Keep your pet calm during the storm.

If you're riding out the storm at home, do your best to keep your pet calm. This may mean keeping them in a quiet room away from windows and putting on some soothing music. If they seem particularly anxious, consider using a ThunderShirt or similar product to help them feel more secure.

7. Stay safe after the storm.

Once the storm has passed, be careful when taking your pet outside. There may be debris, downed power lines, and flooding. If you evacuated, don't head back home until it's been declared safe by authorities.

8. Be ready to tackle tinkle.

Also remember, in times of high stress and anxiety, pets will commonly potty inappropriately. Keep a bottle of Unique Pet Care's Pet Odor & Stain Eliminator in your disaster preparedness kit to make easy clean up of accidents.

With these tips in mind, you and your pet will be prepared to safely evacuate or weather the storm together.

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