The summer months are known to be when natural disasters hit here in Florida. Are you prepared for a hurricane or tornado for not just yourself, but also your pet.
- Plan in advance if you live in an evacuation area (Manatee county residents check here).
- Write down your plan or create a checklist. Share this information with a friend / family member or have a back up plan that includes a friend / family member outside of an evacuation zone.
- Remember to take your pet with you when you evacuate.
- Know your evacuation route (Manatee county residents check route here).
- Make sure you have proper identification and up-to-date immunization + rabies vaccination records for your pet (copied and placed in a protective sleeve to avoid water damage is advised).
- Make sure you have a collar and leash for keeping your pet under control.
- Keep a separate carrier for each pet that they can sit and turn around in, the carrier should also be labeled with identification (taping the aforementioned identification in a protective sleeve to the crate keeps everything in one place).
- Pack supplies for your pet including vet records, a two week supply of food and water, medications with instructions, bowls (consider these collapsible types), toy and blanket, cat litter/pan, plastic bags, collar/leash, disinfectants for pet washes, and a current photo of your pet (printed, not on your phone).
- if you must use a kennel, make sure it is not in an evacuation zone (River Landings Animal Clinic is not in an evacuation zone). A kennel option is only possible if you have proof of vaccinations. If possible, reserve a spot in advance.
After a storm or relocation:
- Walk pets on a leash until they become re-oriented with their new home and surroundings. Often familiar places and landmarks may be altered from the weather and pets could easily become lost or confused.
- Reptiles may be out and about brought in by flood water and debris. Be aware of the threat they are to you and your pet.
- Bring along a picture of your pet for identification.
- After a disaster, animals may have a shift in behavior such as aggression or defensiveness. Monitor any changes.