by Dawn Watson
We’ve all heard horror stories about pets losing their homes and sometimes their lives during natural disasters. Is there any way to keep pets safe during a hurricane or flood?
One way to protect pets is to purchase life
jackets for them and to make sure each dog and cat in the household is wearing one when a hurricane or tropical storm is on the way! I know you’re thinking that’s an expense you’d rather not think about but it is one way in which you can save those little ones during a flood. If you’re unable or unwilling to take that precaution here are some simple things you can do to make them comfortable and to make identification easier in an evacuation situation:
- Make sure all pets are wearing identification tags on well-fitting collars and harnesses.
- Gather up all veterinary records and place them in a waterproof bag.
- Take all pets to the highest point in your home, away from windows.
- In the case of small animals (ferrets, rats, etc) make sure cage doors are secure.
Stay safe during the storm, readers, and here’s hoping your pets stay safe, too!
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