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Protecting our pets in the event of a hurricane

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
posted by Jim Murphy

It’s all over the news. Hurricane Irene is expected to have a big impact on the east coast of the U.S. from the Carolina’s all the way up to Maine. We have to include our pets in our emergency plans. In the event that you have to evacuate, here are some things that you should do.

Find a pet friendly shelter. Take along these items.

  • Food and water – pack at least a three day supply of food and water for your pet.
  • Medicine – keep an extra supply of any medicine that your pet must take.
  • Collar and leashes – some shelters don’t allow a retractable dog leash. Make sure that you have a good leash, and all of your dog’s information on his collar. It’s even better if your pet is micro-chipped.
  • First aid – You can purchase a first aid kt for your pets.
  • Medical records – Keep all immunization papers and documents regarding your pets medications together in a water proof container.
  • Bring along small bags, disinfectants, and newspapers used for cleanup. Bring a litter box and litter for your cat.
  • Photo – Bring a recent photo of you and your pet in the case of separation.
  • Pet Carrier – You’ll never know where you will end up in a disaster. It’s a good idea to keep a crate with you.
  • Favorite toys – Your pet will be stressed just as you are. A few toys will her calm her down.
Always remember your pets in the event of a major weather event. Remember, your pets count!



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