09 Sep Top 5 Things To Prepare Your Dog For Hurricane Season
Hurricanes can be tough to predict. Remember all the speculated paths for Irma? At one point, people thought Tampa Bay was going to be in the storm’s crosshairs. We lucked out, but safety in these situations is nothing to be taken for granted. During these times we want to do our best to ensure that our friends and family members are all ok (especially the ones that walk on all fours). Read below to find out the top 5 things things to take care of your dog when it’s hurricane season.
First aid and medication
Regardless if it’s hurricane season or not, every dog owner should have a first aid kit for their pup. They’re essential to have at home, and you should have one stowed away in your car. There’s ones specifically made for dogs or you can make a basic kit with the following items:
- Waterproof container
- Cotton bandage rolls
- Bandage tape
- Antibiotic ointment
- Flea & tick prevention
- Latex gloves
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Saline Solution
Unless you are properly trained, it’s a good idea to have a canine first aid guide on hand. Also make sure you have 2 weeks worth of any medication your pet needs.
Know where you’ll go
People evacuate for a variety of reasons. They might be in an evacuation zone, or would just rather not live without power for a week. Either way, know where you’ll be going and which routes you’ll take to get there. If you are in an evacuation zone and don’t have anyone to stay with, then you need to figure out your closest pet friendly shelter. There’s three in Pinellas County and four in Hillsborough.
Pinellas County Pet Friendly Shelters –
- Dunedin Middle School, 70 Patricia Ave., Dunedin, FL
- Oak Grove Middle School, 1370 S. Belcher Rd., Clearwater, FL
- John Hopkins Middle School, 701 16th Street S., St. Petersburg, FL
Hillsborough County Pet Friendly Shelters –
- Bartels Middle School, 9020 Imperial Oak Blvd., Tampa, FL
- Burnett Middle School; 1010 N. Kingsway Rd., Seffner, FL
- Sgt. Smith Middle School, 14303 Citrus Pointe Dr., Tampa, FL
- Shields Middle School, 15732 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin, FL
Also, don’t be fooled by rumors on social media. During this recent hurricane season, people spread the idea that the PETS Act made it mandatory for hotels to accept pets during a state of emergency. This is anything but true. By law, the only pets that hotels have to accept are service animals.
Comfort & Safety
A proper sized carrier is something else you should have, no matter the time of year. If you do decide to leave the state, it can provide a comfortable space for your dog during the car ride. Also, most pet friendly shelters require dogs to be kept in carriers. Sometimes dogs get nervous during storms. A carrier can provide them a safe space in this situations. Have it prepared with their bedding, and their favorite toy. Make sure that you also have a slip collar on hand.
Food & Water
Just like with the rest of the family, make sure that your dog has about two weeks worth of food and water. Store their meals in separate ziplock bags. This will make it easier for anyone else to help you with taking care of your dog if needed. As for water, a dog requires about ½ to 1 ounce per pound of body weight. A 20 pound dog needs 10-20 ounces of water per day. Don’t forget to have a collapsable bowl.
Documents & Info
Store any information you have on your dog in a waterproof binder. You’re going to want their list of medications, recent heartworm test results, and registration info in case you go to a shelter. If you’ve moved recently or got a new phone number, update that information on the dog’s tag. Now is the time to get your dog chipped. For about $25 – $50, you can greatly increase your chances of finding your dog if you get separated.
Make Your Plan Today
Seriously. We may have lucked out with Irma, but the season isn’t over until the end of November. Don’t be the person who didn’t prepare and ended up leaving their dog. One of the most devastating parts about hurricanes and other natural disasters is the amount of abandoned pets. If you do end up staying in such an event, make sure you have your dog on a close watch. There are also many environmental hazards laying around after the storm.
At Love My Dog, care and safety are some of our biggest priorities. We make sure that our staff are certified in dog CPR and first aid. Fun is also a top priority too. If you’re in ever need of our services, you can be assured that your dog is not only safe, but running around and playing with others. We don’t just look after dogs. We give them a vacation!