When hurricanes and summer storms strike, it’s essential to have a plan in place to protect your beloved furry friends. At West Delray Veterinary, we understand the bond you share with your furry companions and want to help you ensure their safety during tumultuous weather. In this blog post, we will provide you with essential tips for safeguarding your pets during hurricanes and summer storms. By following these guidelines, you can ensure your pet’s stay healthy and safe when severe weather approaches. 

Create an Emergency Kit for Your Pets 

Prepare an emergency kit specifically designed for your pets. Include essential items such as: 

  • Sufficient food and water for at least a week.
  • Medications and any necessary prescriptions.
  • Up-to-date vaccination records and identification tags.
  • Comfort items like blankets, toys, and familiar scents.
  • A pet first aid kit with necessary supplies.
  • Leashes, harnesses, and carriers for safe transportation.

Dr. Magram states, “It is very important to ensure that you have your pet’s medications refilled prior to when a storm is going to hit. Vet clinics and pharmacies sometimes will close for severe weather so ensuring that you have enough medication for your pet for at least two weeks is very important. If evacuation in your area is necessary, it is important for your pet to be able to travel and be handled stress free. Evacuation sometimes requires long car rides, being kenneled, or even being handled by other people. Counter-conditioning your pet to stay in a kennel, wear a basket muzzle or relax in a car ride can be very beneficial for your pet in case of a stressful event like a hurricane!” 

Identify a Safe Location & Stay Indoors 

Find a secure area in your home where you and your pets can stay safe during a storm. It’s best to choose an interior room without windows, such as a basement or bathroom, to protect from potential hazards caused by strong winds. Ensure the space is comfortable and free from any items that could cause harm. Staying indoors during severe weather is vital as strong winds, heavy rain, and lightning can disorient and frighten animals, increasing their risk of getting lost or injured!

Maintain Proper Identification 

Ensure your pets have proper identification, such as a microchip or collar with up-to-date contact information. In the event that your pets become separated from you, proper identification increases the chances of a safe and swift reunion. It is also helpful to have medical records of your pet’s on hand in case of a medical emergency where you may need to see a veterinarian. 

Implement Calming Techniques 

Storms can be stressful for pets, causing anxiety and fear. Implement calming techniques to help alleviate their stress, such as playing soothing music, providing a comfortable hiding spot, and using pheromone diffusers. If necessary, consult with your veterinarian for safe and effective calming aids such as calming herbs, supplements or sedatives. 

Stay Informed 

Stay updated on weather forecasts and local news to stay informed about potential evacuation orders or shelter arrangements. It is also important to locate your nearest pet-friendly shelter or hotel in case evacuation is in order, as well as the closest veterinary clinic. Always ensure your 

emergency contact information is current with local authorities so they can reach you in case of an emergency! 

Post-Storm Safety 

After the storm passes, be cautious when letting your pets outside. Check your property for fallen debris, contaminated water, and displaced wildlife that could pose risks to your pets. It’s a must to ensure the environment is safe before allowing them to roam freely! 

At West Delray Vet, we understand the importance of pet safety during hurricanes and summer storms. Your pets are our priority, and we are here to assist you in keeping them safe. Prepare, protect, and weather the storm with your beloved pets by your side and have a severe weather plan in place! 

If you are located in the Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, or Boca Raton area and are interested in scheduling an appointment for your fur baby with one of our AMAZING veterinarians, please feel free to contact the team at West Delray Veterinary at 561-777-7173 or visit our website at www.westdelrayvet.com