To keep your four-legged family members safe, it’s important to prepare them for emergency situations, such as hurricanes.
Although there is no perfect method on how to prepare your dogs and cats for hurricanes or other emergencies, there are specific things you can prepare in advance that will help you ensure your pets’ safety and wellbeing.
To protect your dog (or other pets) during a hurricane, you need to keep them in a safe place indoors or in a crate. If your furry friend doesn’t particularly like its crate, it’s probably time you do some crate training so you can easily ensure their safety.
Supervise your dog
Experts advise pet owners to look after and keep an eye on their dogs and cats at all times during emergency situations.
Throughout hurricane season, you should never leave your dog outside unsupervised because even well-trained pups can feel scared and get in panic mode, which can make them react by escaping or getting themselves hurt in the process.
Identification is essential
Every pet needs to wear a microchipped collar with a name tag and contact information, such as a phone number. Also, you need to make sure that the collar is comfortable to keep your pooch at ease.
A collar with identification and a microchip will immensely help you minimize the chance of losing your canine friend. After all, prevention is always better than going crazy asking everyone “have you seen this dog?”
In an emergency situation, it is crucial to establish a stress-free environment for your dog. As you may already know, many pets are scared of loud noises, so you may consider cuddling, giving them their favorite toy/treat, or turning on soft music if possible to help your pooch stay calm.
Distractions almost always work like magic when it comes to having a calm dog.
To make your dog stay calm, you may also consider taking some effective extra measures too. There are various natural remedies that can help you ensure calmness. But before using any of these, make sure to talk to your veterinarian first.
Set the Standard
You need to set a good example for your furry little ones. In such harsh and stressful times, it is understandable that people can find it quite difficult to remain calm, but keep in mind that your dog copies your behavior.
If you show your panic, fear, or anxiety, your pooch will likely copy your behavior and create a similar atmosphere. So do your best friend a favor and try to remain as calm as possible.
Plan in advance
There are some measures you can take to prepare your dog for a hurricane. If you are living in an area that’s prone to hurricanes and thunderstorms, you can work on desensitizing your pooch to such disasters. Look for a reputable dog trainer near you. He or she can effectively help with this particular training.
Think about your dog’s health and happiness
Keep your pooch feeling amazing! Make sure to make enough water and food available and easily accessible for your pet. Also, if your dog is taking any supplements or medication, have them handy as well.
Have a Game Plan
Planning in advance is the best way to ensure your dog’s safety. In case you need to evacuate the house, you should have a special evacuation plan ready for your family and pets, especially if you are a big family.
Safety comes first! So make sure to place every pet in their own carrier or kennel if possible for easy transportation. Also, have your name and contact information written on every kennel.
Worst Case Scenario
In case the worst happens, there are some things you can do to help you reunite with your precious pooch. If your pet goes missing, contact local ASPCA immediately. They usually have a specific procedure to find your dog and bring them back home safely.