Hurricane Pet Safety Tips
During hurricane season, the weather can turn extreme and spawn dangerous tropical storms. In Louisiana, storms that make landfall can wreak havoc on cities, flooding streets and homes, and knocking out power.
If such a storm is imminent, you want to be as prepared as possible so that you and your pet can weather the storm safely. Check out the hurricane pet safety tips below.
Emergency Evacuation Checklist
If you need to evacuate your home, never leave your pet behind to fend for themselves. A place that is not safe for you will not be safe for your pet! More important, they’re family. We recommend having a hurricane pet safety plan well in advance so you’ll be ready to act quickly if the time comes.
- Have emergency contact numbers in your phone. Include local animal shelters and hospitals.
- Keep your pet’s updated health records in a waterproof container/bag.
- Carry a current photo of your pet with you in case they go missing.
- Pack up a first aid kit with non-stick gauze, hydrogen peroxide, triple antibiotic ointment, cotton swabs and tweezers.
- Make sure your pet is current on their vaccines and parasite preventives.
- Have up-to-date ID tags on your pet’s collar, and have your pet microchipped for extra insurance in case they get lost.
- Keep your pet on a sturdy leash or in a hard-sided carrier (do not use an extendable leash) and be sure to bring an extra leash along just in case.
- Bring along at least a week’s worth of non-perishable pet food, along with towels and blankets.
- Stock up on bottled water so your pet can stay properly hydrated.
- Plan ahead with a friend or family member living in a safe location. If you need to keep your pet with someone you trust, make sure they’re prepared to receive and care for them.
If You’re Staying Home
Remaining in your home may be the best choice if the weather is not as severe in your area. Nonetheless, be sure to:
- Stock up on non-perishable food items for your family and your pet
- Have plenty of heavy duty flashlights and batteries in case of a power outage
- Invest in sandbags around your property if flooding is a concern
- Make sure you have a phone charger on hand and a list of emergency contact numbers in your phone
- Stay with your pet to keep them calm and comfortable, especially if they’re easily frightened by loud noises
- Keep all doors and windows locked and secure
- If your pet needs to go outside to do their business, walk them out on a leash
- Have a first aid kit specifically for your pet on hand
- Have an evacuation plan in place that allows you and your family (two-legged and four-legged) to leave quickly
Please let us know if you have questions by calling (337) 385-2030. We want you to be prepared.