Hurricanes, like floods, brushfires, and tornadoes, can be frightening things to be caught in (and these tips can be applied to those natural disasters, too). But with some forethought and preparation, you can make the storm easier and safer for you and your pet.
1. Make a Plan
Simply put, be prepared. Decide on a course of action and make sure you can initiate it at a moment's notice. Have supplies set aside in a safe, easily accessible place. It’s like having candles or a flashlight under the kitchen sink in case of a black out. You may never need them, but if a blackout happens, there’s no need to scramble in the dark, because you know exactly where to go and what to do for light.
2. Be a Stickler
Whatever your decision is, stick to it. Otherwise, you may put your pet in real danger. If you decide to leave town at the first sign of warning, then do so as planned. No dilly-dallying. Changing your mind or changing the plan often leads to unnecessary accidents, as you’re no longer prepared.
3. Get Your Kit On
A pet emergency kit isn’t that much different to yours. Enough water for three days, non-perishable food (include a can opener if needed), a solid carrier, litter, litter box, puppy pads, plastic bags, medicine and medical records for both you and your pet in waterproof containers, extra leash, and a picture of your pet on you in case the worst happens and you get separated. Tags and/or microchipping your pet will also make it easier to recover, should it get lost.
4. Staying In
If you’re staying home to ride out the storm, keep your pet in its carrier or on a leash. You never know when you might be forced to evacuate. And even if that doesn’t happen, you don’t want to be tracking down
a petrified pet during the chaos. Therefore, secure your pet before the storm hits.
5. Going Out
Stay tuned to the news reports. If you’re told to evacuate, you must do so at first warning. Moreover, it helps to have everything ready to go. We suggest a backpack that holds all the essentials for you and your pet. And make sure you know ahead of time exactly where all the shelters are and how to get there.
6. Stay Calm
Whether you leave early, choose to stay, or are required to evacuate due to the storm's severity or due to house damage, remember to stay calm. Your pet can sense your emotions, so a calming demeanor can lead to a less-panicked pet. Oh, and don't forget to speak to your pet in a calm, soothing voice, too.
Good luck, and stay safe.
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THE HEAT AND YOUR DOG
If you have a dog and take it with you everywhere THE NUMBER RULE 1 is to also carry plenty of water for him.
(Remember that dogs do not sweat and have to overheat quickly in the face of high temperatures that can even cause death.
* If you have your dog in your home in a garden or yard (loose or moored) facing the sun you must have strict County rules that you must follow:
1. The dog must be visible to the owner.
2. The dog must be tied in a way that prevents injury, entanglement or strangulation.
3. The dog must have access to shelter, water and dry land and avoid being exposed to high temperatures
4. The dog must be at least (6) months old. Puppies can never be tied in Miami-Dade County !!!
6. If you are in a crate or cage that is large enough where you can stop, lie down and turn or turn
7. The belt or chain (and harness or collar) must comply with all applicable mechanical and size stipulations in county ordinances. (A leash should not be too heavy; the maximum weight limit should not be more than 1/10 or 1/8 of the dog's weight limit.
The length of the rope must be at least (5) times the length of the dog (from the tip of the nose to the base
of tail) and never less than 10 feet. In addition, all chains must have pivots at both ends to prevent them from twisting
NOTE: If you see any dog tied in a yard or garden devoid of any of these requirements, CALL IMMEDIATELY AT * 311 or at (305) -468-5900
BY GLENDA GALEANO