“Trying to reason with hurricane season” is one of Jimmy Buffett’s great quotes. Unfortunately, there is no reasoning and we are at the whim of the storm. At least we have plenty of warning but it doesn’t keep us completely safe. In order to have a smooth hurricane/evacuation plan, you need to keep your pets in mind. By planning ahead, you won’t have as much to worry about during a stressful time. Below is a list from our veterinarians in Tampa that will get you started with your hurricane prep.
1) Vaccinations – having your pet up to date on vaccinations is extremely important. Having a copy of their vaccination records will make it easier for getting into shelters or boarding facilities.
2)Medications – many of our pets are on medications for certain conditions. Make sure you have enough of their medicines to make it through the evacuation process.
3)Food – once again have enough for the entire expected time away from home.
4)Water – the amount will vary based on your dog or cats size, but make sure you take that into account when purchasing for your hurricane supplies.
5)Calmatives – Sometimes it is necessary to help alleviate anxiety in our pets when they are traveling. Our veterinarians think this is a last resort but sometimes a required evil to make the process safe and comfortable for all.
6)Identification – ID tags and microchips (a better solution) are essential for your pets in case you get separated.
In order to make the evacuation/hurricane/storm experience as stress free as possible, a little planning will go a long way. Being a veterinary clinic in Tampa, we see storms every year and sometimes take it for granted that we won’t get hit. Not being prepared can be a consequence of this so let’s take some time to get ourselves and our pets ready for any unforeseen problems. Above is a partial list of things to get ready. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our veterinary team in Tampa at any time.