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The hurricane season is nearing and it is a cause for concern in many states. Hurricanes can cause a lot of damage, physically, emotionally, and in every other way.
Hurricanes are an especially difficult time for pets. Many owners find it difficult to evacuate with their pets since neither the owners nor the pets are prepared for such a situation. Pets often get lost, stranded, or abandoned unintentionally and all this can prove to be very traumatic for your pets.
This is why it is important to prepare well in advance for the hurricane season. Here are a few tips to ensure that your pets stay safe during the hurricane season.
Take photos of all your pets
You need to make sure that you have the latest photos of all your pets in hand. This way it will be easier for you to hunt them down in case they get lost. Getting lost is inevitable in some cases and you need to be prepared to handle such a situation.
If possible, get your pet an ID tag. A pet ID can prove to be helpful in a number of ways and will help you locate your pets faster in case they get lost. Add a name and a contact number on your pet’s ID tag.
If you are in an area prone to hurricanes, it is best to have an action plan in place. Plan how you will evacuate if need be and how you are going to home your pets. Are you taking them with you? Do you plan to leave them at a friend’s house? Plan in detail so that you won’t need to think twice in a confusing situation.
Move your pets in advance
Instead of waiting until the last minute to evacuate your pets, try getting it done ahead of the hurricane. Move your pets temporarily to a safe housing with a friend or family member. If possible, house your pets somewhere else until the hurricane season is over. This way you don’t have to worry about your pet’s safety.
Keep an emergency pet supplies ready
Prepare an emergency kit for your pets. The kit should contain a carrier, documents and details regarding your pets, some spare food, warm clothing, and a muzzle, collar, and leash if you happen to have dogs.
Train your pets
Cats and dogs tend to get antsy during hurricanes, so it is important that you train them to follow your commands and stay calm. You should be able to impose dominance and make sure that your pets stay focused and obedient.