It’s that time of year again. The season that includes more sunshine, occasional allergies and unpredictable weather. We humans are pretty good at staying safe, but are you taking all the precautions you can to make sure your fur babies are safe as well?
We have some suggestions to make this beautiful, and sometimes frightening, season a little more comfortable for everyone in your family.
1. Have a designated area.
Have you mapped out the safest place in your home to take shelter? It’s always best to have a plan should things take a turn for the worse, so instead of being panicked (which will frighten your pet) you can stay calm and safe for the duration of the storm.
2. Practice makes prepared.
Make a couple of trips a week into the shelter with your pet. Keep things there that will make him or her more comfortable, such as toys or a familiar blanket. It’s also a nice idea to dish out treats for good behavior when your pet follows your lead. Who doesn’t love treats?
3. Make an emergency kit.
If your pet takes medication, keep extra in your shelter space in a bag that’s easy to transport. You should also keep some provisions for him or her — at least 2 days of their regular food. Check the kit regularly to make sure all food and medications are up to date.
4. Every pet needs identification.
If your pet isn’t already micro-chipped, then make sure when you head for your safe place they are clearly identified with both their and your information. Up-to-date tags are crucial, and even though it is a worst case scenario, if you and Fluffy get separated in the chaos proper tagging could be the difference in being safely reunited or not.
5. Post-storm awareness is key.
In the aftermath of a storm it can be dangerous outdoors (and, unfortunately, sometimes indoors). When leaving your shelter space make sure the environment is safe and clear of debris so your pet doesn’t get hurt.
You can also get these great pet rescue window decals that alert rescue personnel that pets are inside your home. Included in the safety pack also includes a handy magnet to keep on your fridge that features the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center’s toll-free emergency number and website address in case your pets get into something they shouldn’t!
One of the most important things to remember is if you have to evacuate your home, or even your town, you need to have arrangements in place for your pets. Ideally they would travel with you, but if for some reason you aren’t able to bring them with you please make sure they have a safe place to go. As the ASPCA says, if it’s not safe for you, it’s not safe for them.
Want to see more pet stuff like this? You can also be up on our latest giveaways, events and special deals by signing up for our newsletter. It’s the cat’s meow!