Disasters present extra challenges for keeping pets safe at home. Natural weather disasters of all types can wreck havoc with the comfortable and secure home life that smart pet parents have created for beloved pets.
Snowstorms, hurricanes, tornadoes, hailstorms, earthquakes, and floods can be scary enough for humans. Who understand weather extremes, so we can only imagine how these occurrences may affect our pets. In addition to sending our own concerns, animals can sense changes in atmospheric conditions, barometric pressure, and sound reverberations.
The disorientation before, during, and after an emergency may be overwhelming and confusing. To a pet who might not otherwise be skittish or run out the door. As we know, even the bang of fireworks can cause pets unease.
Before an Emergency Occurs
Does your pet wear a collar with an identification tag that includes your phone number? Even better, is your pet microchipped? Collars can fall off or get lost, and people forget to update them after a move or change in a phone number.
A microchip is a permanent solution. No bigger than a grain of rice, the chip is inserted by a veterinarian. Usually placed between the animal’s shoulder blades while they’re under anesthesia. Through radio-frequency technology, a lost pet can be identified by a unique ID whenever they’re scanned at an animal shelter or a vet.
Ways For You and Your Pet To Be Prepared
- As soon as weather warnings are posted, bring pets inside. Keep them cozy, safe and warm with you before the situation worsens. Ensure that you have bottled water and that you stock up on pet food when you take care of the other essentials on your shopping list.
- If you remain at home during an emergency weather event or disaster, stay in a secure area of the home. Close other doors, including the garage, to limit the pet’s run of the house.
- If you must evacuate your home, pets must always come along. Transport them securely on a leash or in a kennel or carrier and keep them with you at all times. Follow instructions from first responders and if they come to your home. Be sure to let them know about your pets and their exact location within the home.
- Keep pets indoors and keep your precautions in place even after the all-clear signal is given by local authorities. Assess any damages and remember that a frightened animal could still decide to bolt. So keep them secure on a leash or in a crate.