Essential Tips to Prepare Your Pet for a Hurricane

For most pet owners, pets have become a vital part of their family, and they can’t even begin to imagine life without their companions. So, like your preparations for the safety of yourself and your family, it is important to have the required information and a plan for your pet as well.
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The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has launched its disaster preparedness app for pet owners. It will help with what to do in case of a natural disaster. It can also save medical records, and will help making life-saving decisions during natural disasters.

It is preferable that your pets are wearing collars and have identification tags. The ASPCA recommends micro-chipping your pet. A microchip can be read by scanner at most animal shelters. However the anyone other than some one from a shelter may not be able to scan the chip so it is important to have a tag as well. Put your important contact information on your pet’s tag.

It is important to decide where you can take your pets in case of an emergency. The red cross is not allowed pets in disaster shelters due to health and safety laws. Only service animals are allowed. You can:
Ask your local shelter or vet if they provide emergency shelter
Find hotels or motels that accept pets
Ask friends and relatives if they would be willing to care for your pet
Visit websites like Dogfriendly or Petswelcome to find accommodation for your pet

This kit should be easily accessible and strong
Detailed medical records and a two-week supply of medicines
A one week supply of food
Drinking water for one week
Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are perfect)
Disinfectant, soap, a wash cloth and paper towels
Disposable garbage bags
A Feeding bowl
A Flashlight and Blanket
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An extra collar or harness

As far as possible keep your pet with you at all times. Try to evacuate them when you are being evacuated. Evacuate as early as possible. Often disaster shelters cannot keep pets. Also pets can become scared and disoriented during disasters, making them more difficult to manage. Get them out before things get out of hand.

The ASPCA recommends using a rescue sticker with details of types and number of pets. In case you are able to evacuate with your pets please mention “EVACUATED” on the sticker so emergency workers are well aware.

Please ensure that someone who has met your pet is able to carer for them in your absence. Your pet should be comfortable with them. It should be someone who lives in close proximity and has a set of keys. They should be aware of where your pet would hide and how they would behave when nervous.

Ensure pets are indoors and secure at the first sight or trouble. Pets can become disoriented during natural disasters.
Try to use canned food as that supplements there water intake as well.
Have newspaper ready as they may be unable to step outside for a “loo” break.
Even though pets get along, try to keep them separately during this time.
Seal of openings or inaccessible holes like vents, pet doors etc.
Remove unsafe items like tools and chemicals.

Birds
Birds should be in a cage
In cold weather, you should cover the cage with a blanket
In warm weather, spray your bird regularly to keep it moist
Ensure your bird has a leg band for identification
Reptiles
Snakes can be transported in cloth bags or pillow cases only temporarily
Keep a large bowl in which the entire reptile will fit and or any other temperature control device like a hot water bottle
Small Animals should always be transported in secure strong carriers.