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Hurricane Preparedness for Your Pets

It’s that time of year again: Hurricane Season! Countless times in the past people have been told to evacuate their homes for a short period, only to find out they can’t return for days or even weeks. The bottom line: We need to be prepared to take our animals with us when we leave. 

Here are the 5 key items to prepare now:

1. Identify evacuation locations,

  • Make sure your evacuation destination is able to house your pets. You will also want to pack leashes, collars and harnesses for each pet.

2. Each pet needs a collapsible cage or airline approved carrier with proper bedding. 

  • Cat carriers should be large enough to hold a small litter pan and still allow your cat enough room to lie down comfortably or stand to use the litter pan. 
  • Dog kennels should be large enough to hold 2 no spill bowls and still allow your dog enough room to stand and turn around.
  • Each carrier should be labeled with your identification and contact information.

3. Medications

  • In addition to their monthly heartworm, flea and tick medications, you may want to consider travel tranquillizers if needed. You may even want a test run on those medications to evaluate proper dosing and effectiveness since every animal responds differently. Don’t expect Benadryl to work for this… you’ll lose your mind on that 6 hours drive to Baton Rouge and 3 more hours to get to Port Allen. 

4. Microchip and Vaccine Records

  • If your pets are not already microchipped, get one implanted now! Keep a record of your pet’s microchip number in a safe place. Be sure to have the PetDesk app downloaded. With the PetDesk app, all of your pet’s information, including proof of up-to-date vaccinations, are stored within the app for easy access. It’s also a good idea to have current photos of your pets.

5. Food ,Water, Treats and Toys

  • An extra bag of your pet’s special food in airtight, waterproof containers 
  • Treats and their favorite toys may also help keep them calm during the travel

Here is a list of everything we think should be in your small animal first aid kit:

  • Activated Charcoal (liquid)
  • Anti-Diarrheal Liquid or Tablets
  • Antibiotic Ointment ( for wounds)
  • Antibiotic eye ointment
  • Bandage scissors
  • Bandage tape
  • Betadine (povidone-iodine) or Nolvasan (Chlorhexidine), scrub and solution
  • Cotton Bandage rolls
  • Cotton-tipped swabs
  • Elastic bandage rolls
  • Eye rinse (sterile)
  • Gauze pads and rolls
  • Ice cream sticks (which may be used as splints)
  • Isopropyl alcohol/alcohol prep pads
  • Latex gloves or non-allergenic gloves
  • Liquid dish detergent (mild wound and body cleanser)
  • Measuring spoons
  • Non-adherent bandages pads
  • Saline solution ( for rinsing wounds)
  • Sterile Lubricant (water based)
  • Styptic powder (clotting agent)
  • Syringe or eyedropper
  • Thermometer (digital)
  • Tourniquet
  • Towel and washcloth
  • Tweezers

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