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Getting ready for hurricane Ian, you have a lot on your mind. Things like securing your home, stocking up on supplies, taking care of loved ones. But don’t forget about your furry or feathery friends. To help you, we have a few pet safety tips for hurricanes.

Bend Your Neck

Hopefully you wont be evacuating with a pet this large.

If you have not already begun thinking about your pets, it is time. If you are thinking of evacuating or going to a shelter, keep in mind many shelters do not allow pets. Not all hotels are pet friendly. Not all friends’ homes are pet friendly. If you have outdoor animals, it’s especially important to find a safe place for them. NEVER leave an animal outside, exposed to the elements, with no shelter during a hurricane.

During the storm, keep your pets away from windows. If they are used to kennels or cages, consider keeping them inside of one. It could give them a better sense of security.

Animal Shelters

Most of all, try to stay calm. Animals sense your emotions. So do your children. If you are anxious and upset, there is a good chance they will be too. Take some deep breathes if you need to reset. Know that that Southwest Florida authorities are prepared and ready to help in the event of damage and power outages.

Here is a checklist of pet safety tips for hurricanes.

  • Supply check list

    Just like you are preparing for yourself, as far as food. water, and medication do the same for your pets. Make sure you have enough on hand in case we are without power or safe drinking water. A week’s worth of supplies is the standard recommendation.

  • Considering Kennels

    If you need to evacuate or if your job requires you to be on call or report for duty, kenneling your pet may be ideal for you. Reserve your spot ASAP. Be sure to ask what you’ll need to pack for the animals sleep over, such as food, medicine, toys, etc.

  • Anxiety Alert

    Note that a storm can be just as traumatic for a pet as for humans. The stress and trauma can change a pets behavior. Try to keep them in a normal routine as much as possible, Try not to leave them alone during the storm if possible.

  • Evacuation planning

    Never leave your pets behind if you can help it. Make a checklist of supplies you’ll need if you plan to leave the area. Things like leashes, litter boxes, pet carriers, medicines, food, etc. Have a plan of where you are going and a list of pet friendly hotels.

  • Identification Info

    If your pet has a collar be sure to put it on. Worse case scenario, if you get seperated, it will be easier to reconnect you. If you’ve been thinking about a microchip, there is still time to get one from your veterinarian in advance of the storm. One more thing, take photos of your pet if you don’t already have a million in your phone.

  • Vaccination Check

    If your pet’s vaccinations are not up to date, try to get those done in the next few days. Shelters that DO take animals, as well as kennels, may require proof of vaccinations.

  • Be alert for wild animals

    If you have a dog, or an outdoor pet, be alert that storms often displace wild animals. Things like snakes may be more common. Even alligators if there is a lot of flooding.

  • No pet left behind

    Leaving your pets behind is never recommended but if that is your only option there are a few things to do. Put them in a room away from windows. Surround them with things that are familiar and that they love such as toys, blankets, your dirty socks, et. Make sure you leave extra food and water as well.

  • Hurricane Preparedness Guide