In the Lehigh Valley, stores are abuzz with shoppers scurrying to prepare for a visit from Sandy. In addition to your own needs you’ll need to make sure your dog’s needs are planned for as well. So, what does your dog need to prepare for a hurricane?
As their human, you know your own dog’s needs best, but here is a list of some must-haves to consider:
Enough clean drinking water for several days to a week.
Enough food for several days to a week.
Blankets and clothes, especially for the wee ones.
Enough prescription medicines for at least a week.
If your pet requires a calmative (either prescription or natural) during stressful situations, make sure to have a supply on hand.
A doggy first aid kit. For detailed kit guidelines visit the Partnership for Animal Welfare (PAW) website.
Have pet carriers, harnesses and leashes easily accessible for evacuations.
A bug-out bag, or doggy go-bag filled with a few days essentials for your pet in the event that you need to leave your home. Include food, water, lightweight dishes, prescription medicines, a first aid kit, clothes and a warm lightweight blanket, a towel, potty cleanup supplies, and vet and contact info.
Puppy training pads for potty emergencies. If your dog was trained using puppy pads, they will likely return to use if the need arises.
Potty cleanup supplies including paper towels, pet urine cleaner, hand sanitizer, a scrub brush, and water. The weather may present conditions that will prevent you from taking your dog out to do their business.
Make sure your dog’s cell phone has a full charge to make emergency phone calls. Xena never leaves the house without her fully charged phone!
A new toy and treats. The storm may likely interfere with your dog’s normal routine and this could be very stressful for them. Toys and special treats could help to divert their attention and reduce stress. Extra pets and hugs wouldn’t hurt either.
Since your dog may miss their daily walks, be creative to provide alternate forms of indoor exercise.
Here are some storm safety tips as they apply to your canine best friend. By no means is this list complete. Do your own research and be ready.
If conditions permit and you take your dog out, avoid all streams, rivers, and potential flood areas. Stay alert to all local flood and weather alerts and warnings.
Avoid all flooded areas with your pets—even those that seem small and insignificant. Just a few inches of flood water could present unsafe conditions for you and your pets. In addition to the danger of drowning, flood waters could contain sewage, bacteria, chemicals, and could even pose electrical risks.
Never let your dog drink from a puddle or flood water. This water could be contaminated with sewage, parasites, chemicals, bacteria, and more.
Do not take your dog out during high winds and wind advisories. While the winds may not be strong enough to whisk Toto off to Oz, they could certainly pose dangers of blowing or falling objects.
Make sure your dog is wearing identification especially if they aren’t chipped or tattooed. Add additional identification to your dog’s clothes, collar, and harness using a laundry marking pen.
Be ready and be safe. Don’t take chances when it comes to your furry family members.
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