It’s almost Hurricane Season! Don’t forget about your pets!

It’s almost Hurricane Season!  Don’t forget about your pets!

As we get ready to head into thunderstorm and hurricane season, it is important to remember our pets when making preparations. Make sure to have your pet evacuation and disaster kit close at hand. Be sure your pet is microchipped and registered just in case your pet is separated from you.

You should get a pet plan in action before a disaster hits:

1 Make sure your pet is current on all vaccinations. If you need to board your pet, pet shelters and boarding facilities may require your pet to be current on all vaccinations. You can obtain a copy from your veterinarian and keep up to date.

2. Have a current photograph with a family member as proof of ownership.

3. Keep a collar with identification and microchip information on your pet, and have a leash to control.

4. Have a properly-sized pet carrier for each animal.  Carriers should be large enough for your pet to stand up and turn around.  Label with feeding schedule, your contact information, and contact information for someone outside of the emergency zone.

5. Have two weeks of your pet’s medication ready.

6. Have 7 days worth of food and water.

7. Have an outside decal adhered near home entrances stating pets are in the home. Label with the number of pets inside the home just in case disaster strikes when you are not home.

If you have no alternative but to leave your pet at home, there are some precautions you must take. Leaving your pet at home alone can place your pet in great danger! Confine your pet to a safe area inside—NEVER leave pet chained outside! Leave them loose inside your home with food and plenty of water. Remove the toilet lid, raise the seat and brace the bathroom door so they can drink. Place a notice outside in a visible area, advising what pet is in the house and where he/she can be located. Provide a phone number where you or a contact can be reached as well as the name and number of your veterinarian.

As we know our pets can become anxious when the weather changes.  Thunder and rainfall can cause our pets to become anxious. There are many different options to help reduce their anxiety; including natural solutions like “Thundershirts” (a Thundershirt is a snug fitting body wrap that has a dramatic calming effect).    There are also several different medications that can help your pet during anxious, stressful events.  It is always best to speak directly with your veterinarian about what precautions you can take to help keep your pet comfortable.

Seiler Animal Hospital would like to help you keep your pet safe this hurricane season.  We are offering $20 off a HomeAgain Microchip!  Call soon for an appointment and mention this article!

The staff at Seiler Animal Hospital wishes you a very happy and safe summer!

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