Hurricane Season Preparedness From An Animal Clinic
The 2021 Florida hurricane season is officially upon us. We talk about preparedness regarding ourselves, our families, and our homes. Additionally, if you have any, we need to talk about our pets. It will take a little time and effort, but it will be worth it if you ever have to evacuate due to a hurricane. At All Aboard Animal Hospital, we care about your pet’s safety. Our animal clinic is devoted to happy, safe, and healthy pets.
Here are some of our best tips to keep them safe throughout this year’s hurricane season.
Have A Carrier or Crate Ready
If you ever have to evacuate for a hurricane, one of the best ways to ensure your pet’s safety is to have a carrier or crate. Smaller animals, like cats and small dogs, can be put in a carrier before you evacuate. This is the best option because you will only have to be concerned about the carrier’s location. A confined space can also be soothing for a stressed animal because the world around them won’t overstimulate them.
Larger dogs often won’t have the opportunity to be put in a carrier because they’ll be too heavy for you to lift. Instead, try to get a collapsible and portable crate. Leash your dog and walk them into the shelter. Then, once you are in a safe area, set up the crate and put them inside. This is the best option because you will always know their location, and they won’t be in the way of any emergency services.
Food and Water
Pet food could be difficult to attain in a crisis. If the power goes out, so do the cash registers. This means that even if pet food is available, you may not be able to purchase it. In instances where the power doesn’t go out, everyone could be fighting over the same bag of pet food. It’s always better to have your own.
Fill a few easy-to-carry containers or Ziplock bags with your pet’s food. Water is the first thing to be rationed in an emergency, so having your own water supply is also a good idea. Make sure you have enough for your family and your pet. If you don’t know how much water your pet should be drinking, you can ask your local animal clinic. Traveling pet bowls are also a good investment for situations like this.
The damage caused by hurricanes can be unpredictable. If you have to evacuate, it’s better to be safe than sorry. You should have at least two weeks of your pet’s medication with you when you leave your home, maybe more if it’s for a life-threatening illness.
If your pet’s medication needs to be refrigerated, it would also be worth it to purchase an affordable mini fridge, one that holds about six cans of soda. That way, you can plug it in at the shelter and keep the medication safe. If a mini fridge isn’t an option, buy a small and affordable cooler and ice packs. Do whatever you can to keep the medicine viable.
Also, please consider taking their heartworm, flea and tick, and other essential pet care items. It’s better to be safe than sorry when considering your pet’s health. If you need help curating this list, please call an animal clinic.
Be Aware of Pet-Friendly Shelters
The majority of hurricane shelters don’t allow pets to save space for humans and maintain a safe environment for everyone in the shelter. Still, there are a few options for pet owners in Broward County. If there is a time when you need to evacuate, you should be aware of the shelters that are available to you and your pet.
It helps to print out directions from your home to all of the pet-friendly shelters in your area. Don’t make the mistake of only knowing the route to one shelter. Since there are so few of them, they can fill up very quickly. Having a backup plan is always beneficial in situations like this, especially when you consider how many people have pets.
Pet-Friendly Hurricane Shelters In Broward County
- Everglades High School in Miramar, FL
- Lyons Creek Middle School in Coconut Creek, FL
- Falcon Cove Middle School in Weston, FL
Animal Clinic in Pompano Beach
If you would like help formulating a hurricane evacuation plan for your pet or your pet needs medical care, you can contact All Aboard Animal Hospital. We’re an animal clinic in Pompano Beach, Florida, and you can call us at 954-785-7780. We look forward to caring for your pet.