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Bark in the Eye of the Hurricane

As hurricane season approaches, it's important to remember that dogs are also vulnerable to the effects of hurricanes. It's essential to include your furry friend in your hurricane preparedness plans to ensure their safety and well-being. Here are some tips on how to prepare your dog for a hurricane.

  • Make a plan The first step in hurricane preparedness for dogs is to make a plan. This includes identifying a safe location for your dog during the storm, such as a room in your home. Ensure that your dog is wearing identification tags and has a microchip with updated contact information. You should also make a list of emergency phone numbers, including those of your veterinarian and any pet shelters in the area. Find a list of pet-friendly evaluation shelter near you, (remember pet-friendly means that shelter will allow your family pet in that particular location.)

List of pet-friendly shelters in your Florida County

Where to register your pets microchip or update information

  • Prepare an emergency kit Just like humans, dogs need an emergency kit that includes basic supplies to keep them comfortable and safe during a hurricane. Your dog's kit should include a few days' worth of food, water, medication, and any necessary supplies such as a leash, collar, and bedding. If your dog is on any medication, ensure that you have enough for at least two weeks. Also, pack some of your dog's favorite toys and treats to help keep them calm and occupied during the storm. A checklist is included at the end of this article for you to print and use.

  • Practice evacuation drills Practice evacuation drills with your dog to ensure that they know what to do in the event of an emergency. This includes teaching them basic commands such as "come" and "stay" and ensuring that they are comfortable with their carrier or crate. It's also important to take your dog on car rides so they get used to the motion and feel comfortable traveling in a vehicle.

  • Secure your home Before the storm hits, ensure that your home is secure to prevent any potential hazards that may harm your dog. This includes securing any loose objects outside, trimming any trees or bushes that may fall, and boarding up windows if necessary. If you live in a flood-prone area, consider elevating your dog's living area to prevent them from being trapped in rising waters. If your dog does not like going out in the rain, consider making an indoor potty area using a plastic baby pool filled with dirt and sod. Make sure to test it out before the storm to ensure your dog feels comfortable using it.

  • Stay informed Stay informed about the progress of the storm by regularly monitoring weather reports and emergency alerts. Keep your dog indoors as much as possible during the storm and avoid walking them outside until it is safe to do so. After the storm has passed, check your property for any hazards that may harm your dog, such as broken glass, sharp debris, or downed power lines. Make sure to avoid walking your dog through standing water as it is likely to contain bacteria or other hazards.

In conclusion, including your dog in your hurricane preparedness plans is essential to ensure their safety and well-being during a storm. By making a plan, preparing an emergency kit, practicing evacuation drills, securing your home, and staying informed, you can keep your furry friend safe and calm during a hurricane. Remember, a little preparation can go a long way in ensuring your dog's safety during a natural disaster.

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