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Tips for Pet Owners During Hurricane Season

Posted October 7, 2016

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone (two legged, four-legged, and feathered) who are affected by Hurricane Matthew, which is now ravaging the east coast.

Here are some tips to keep pets safe during hurricane season.

  1. Have a pet emergency kit ready to go Before any storm, create a pet emergency kit. The kit should include:
  • Enough water and non-perishable food (preferably canned food as dry food may become wet and moldy) for 3 days
  • Water and food bowls
  • Medicine
  • Medical records  
  • A picture of your pet is always a good idea should they get lost
  • Muzzle (never muzzle a dog with chest injuries or a dog with a short nose such as a Pug. Do not leave a muzzled dog alone.)
  • Gauze
  • Sterile pads
  • Stretch bandage
  • Bandaging tape
  • Small scissors
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Cotton balls or swabs
  • Antibiotic ointment (Our natural suggestion is NHV All Clear Ointment)
  • Chlorhexidine wash (0.5%)
  • Splinting materials
  • Tweezers
  • Disposable gloves
  • Antiseptic Spray  

 

  1. Bring your animals inside and with you

Don’t leave your animals outside. Please bring them inside. If you are forced to evacuate, bring them with you. There are many pet friendly shelters.

 

  1. Use a crate

Pets can become agitated before and during emergencies, like hurricanes. If possible keep your pet in their carrier and close to you. If they are too big to fit into a carrier, make sure they are on a leash. If you are forced to leave your pet behind, please make sure they are not in their carrier.  

 

  1. If you get separated from your pet

If you get separated from you pet, do not panic. Animals are very resourceful. Check your house as your pet may seek shelter in a familiar area. Once the storm has passed, check your local shelters and rescue groups. There are also many groups that form to help pets who are lost or in need after natural disasters. If your pet has a microchip or tag this will make recovering them easier.

 

Once the storm has passed, and if your pet is suffering from anxiety, stress, or any other health issue, please contact our NHV Pet Experts – we will be happy to assist you in any way we can.  

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