With hurricane season fast approaching, having a plan to keep your pets safe is crucial. It is best to have a hurricane preparedness plan in place before our South Florida hurricane season begins. DPC a Hollywood Veterinarian Hospital offers a few simple steps to take so that your pets can be safe when a hurricane threatens.
It is important to make certain your dog or cat is up to date on vaccinations and that they are microchipped. If you have to board your pet or take it with you to a shelter, proof of current vaccinations must be shown. It is also important to make sure all microchip registration is current. This way if your pet is lost during a storm and turns up at a shelter or veterinary hospital, you can be contacted and reunited with your pet. If you are not sure how to check your microchip registration status, contact DPC Vet to show you how.
Whether you are evacuating with your pet or riding out the storm at home, put a current photo of your cat or dog in a safe place. You should also prepare an emergency kit for your pet that includes, a carrier, collar and leash, vaccination records, favorite toys, medications, and several days of food and water supplies. And if your dog or cat is lost during a storm, file a missing pet report with the animal control and humane society. Be sure to provide both organizations with your pet’s photo.
Taking your pets with you during a storm is the best way to ensure that they are being cared for properly. Plan ahead to find pet friendly shelters or lodging. If you cannot take your pet with you during a hurricane, the best option would be a boarding facility that has generators. For more information on a pet survival kit, the Hollywood Vet recommends going to this Hollywood Florida link for a free guide.