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When it storms, are your furry 4 legged family member ready?

3/31/2022 (Permalink)

Days like today in Southern Ontario, we are getting Hail, rain and freezing rain, these are important things to remember. Are your pets included in your storm emergency plan? Every storm unfolds in different forms and intensities. It requires a unique approach every time. But some level of preparedness can keep you and your pets protected.

1. Maintain safe spaces at home.

Get your pets indoors at first sight of a storm.  Ensure the house is tidy and there are no obstacles that can cause them harm or barricade their movement. Pre-determine the rooms where your pets can stay out of danger until it is safe to move out. Also, be well-stocked with emergency supplies for you and your pets.

2. Arrange an emergency shelter for your pets.

Never abandon your pets in a storm emergency. If the property feels unsafe for you and your family, it probably is equally dangerous for your pets. You can request a friend or family member outside your area to care for your pet until your house is safe if for some reason you cant bring your pet with you!

3. Prepare a travel kit with essential supplies.

As you would do for yourself, prepare a travel kit for your pets too. We love our pets, so why not include them!

Pack sealed and dry food, water bottles, first aid supplies, medical records, bowls, blankets, and towels. Also, keep plastic bags for waste, pet-friendly sanitizer, hygiene essentials, extra harness, leash and collar, crate (if necessary), toys, and anything that will help them survive the difficult conditions. 

4. Keep medical records up to date.

Overcrowding and hygienic sacrifices during an emergency can get your dog sick and spread contagious diseases or viruses. Ensure your pet is always current with vaccinations, and you prioritize preventative care.

Final Thoughts

It can be very stressful when you are in the moment. For this reason, having an emergency plan can save you time, energy, expenses, and, most importantly — your pet.

Remember, if you own exotic pets like reptiles, birds, or hamsters and not just cats or dogs, you should plan to care for their unique needs.

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