How to Prepare for Hurricane Sandy
1. Your Pet's Records and Microchip: Seal important information such as vaccination record, a recent picture of your pet, rabies certificate and microchip number/registration company info in something waterproof. Stephanie, one of our technicians, laminated her copies to protect from water damage. (Refer to image on the left) These records are important in case of an evacuation and in case your veterinarian's office loses power. This way everything you need is with you.
2. Proper Restraint: Pets are likely to become very frightened during a hurricane and especially when relocating. Your pet should have a collar that fits properly.(If you can pull the leash over your pet's head it is too big. ) A tag with your contact information should be attached as well as an up to date rabies vaccine tag. Pets lost without this information may not be returned to you. If your pet has a condition, such as collapsing trachea, use a body harness. Cat should be kept in carriers. If you do not have a carrier during an emergency, use a pillow case.
3. Anxiety and Life Saving Medications: Some pets require medication during storms for anxiety. Check your supply and make sure you have enough for at least 1-2 weeks. Contact your veterinarian now to get refills on anxiety or any life saving medications. Do not wait until it is too late. The hospitals are likely to lose power or be closed in the event of a hurricane. If your pet is on insulin or allergy serum injections, be sure to have an insulated lunch bag with a frozen ice pack to keep your medication at the right temperature in case of a power outage.
4. Pack like you would for yourself: Bring their favorite blanket from home, a couple of toys, treats and don't forget their toothbrush for those who brush daily. Keep a small bag of food with you and bottled water. If the regular water isn't good for you, it isn't good for your dog.
5. And other helpful items: clean up bags, traveling water/food bowls, pet first aid kit, and kitty litter.
WHAT NOT TO DO DURING AN EMERGENCY WITH YOUR PET
1. Do not buy a new brand of food or treats. The last thing you need is to find out your dog is highly allergic and not have the means to get to a hospital.
2. Do not leave your pets at home while you evacuate. Some people are under the impression that they are safe in a crate or carrier. Should your house become flooded or a tree fall, your pet will have no escape from the house. Look for pet friendly safe shelters, such as Annapolis High School in Annapolis, MD.
3. Do not leave your pets outside, even if they are outdoor dogs/cats. Put them inside in either a crate or carrier. If you have neither of those you can keep them in a small room.
4. Do not leave your pet's crate/carrier directly next to any windows or glass doors. Move them into the center of the room or a bathroom.
5. Do not wait to be evacuated by the government. Most will not be able to take your pets. Make arrangements to leave when advised to do so.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your veterinarian. 410-647-0500. We will be open normal business hours as long as it is safe to do so and we keep power.