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Preparing Our Pets for Hurricane Season

Hurricane season is already upon us, so it’s important to make sure that our pets and animals are properly prepared. Hurricanes can be potentially devastating particularly when it comes to small animals. So, preparing them is essential to ensuring our furry family members and friends are as safe as possible. In this article, we offer tips you can use to help your pets and animals before and during a hurricane.

Hurricane season in Florida is from June 1st to November 30th of every year.

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Gather Pet Supplies

Gathering needed supplies before the store approaches is important. Be sure to start sooner than later to avoid stores from being overcrowded.

  • Pet Food
    Make sure your pets and animals have an ample amount of their normal food and fresh water for at least a month.
  • Pet Medications
    Do your pets take medications for flea, tick or heartworm prevention? Make sure they have enough medicine to last for a month.
  • Unique Needs
    Does your pet or animal have any special requirements specific to them? if so, make sure you have an emergency supply if needed.

Plan Ahead

Planning things out ahead of the storm is essential. Make sure the follow are done beforehand:

  • Designated Pet Safe Place
    Identify the safest place for your pets to be during the storm. Make sure to stay away from windows, skylights and glass doors. Do not let your pets go outside during a hurricane. Once the storm has passed, be aware of fallen debris, moving water and downed power lines.
  • Evacuating Your Pet
    In the event of an evacuation it may be difficult to find shelter for your animals so plan ahead. Do not wait until the storm hits to do your research. Many cities are developing shelter plans for animals. Check if your local emergency shelter plan includes pets and animals.

Helpful Tips

Here are some tips for preparing your pets for a hurricane. Make sure you have:

  1. Ample amount of pet food in case roads or stores are closed
  2. Plenty of pet medication
  3. A secure collar with up-to-date ID and info
  4. A plan for where to take your pet if evacuating

Considerations

Below are some things to consider for your pet depending on the circumstances:

  1. Pet carrier to control and transport your animal
  2. Practice your pet being handled or wearing a muzzle
  3. Take your animal to the vet before and after a storm
  4. Microchip your animal so it can be found easier

Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

Use this hurricane preparation checklist for your pets and animals. Check-off the tasks you have done. This will help you keep track of the things you still need to do.

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Hurricane Checklist for Pets

Closing

By preparing ahead of time, you can help make sure that your pets and animals stay safe during a hurricane. Being informed and proactive is the best way to ensure they are taken care of in the event of severe weather. Take the time to stock up on supplies, create an evacuation plan and provide comfort to your pets and animals during this stressful time. For info on hurricane preparations for you, your family and your property see our article: Preparing for Hurricane & Preparedness Checklist Florida 2024. Preparation is key in helping to keep all your family members safe during hurricane season.


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