As Hurricane Idalia prepares for landfall on Wednesday near the “big bend” portion of the Florida panhandle, many residents are already being told to evacuate high risk areas.
For many families, evacuating a home also includes our dogs and cats.
Dr. Julie Buzby, an integrative veterinarian, who also has experience ducking hurricanes with her own pets, offers these tips…
Put a disaster plan A (and B) in place for your dog’s safety
Create a list of pet-friendly hotels/motels where you plan to seek refuge.
Investigate veterinary hospitals in the area where you plan to stay.
If your dogs cannot stay with you for some reason, have a list of boarding facilities or veterinary hospitals that offer boarding in the area. It’s important to call ahead for a reservation as soon as you plan to evacuate because of the high demand.
Keep your dog’s medical records with you
Make certain that your dog is up-to-date on vaccinations
Have a pet first aid kit packed and ready
Create a list of all the physical necessities
Protect your dog by teaching crate training
Plan for your dog’s “emotional” necessities
Safeguard your dog with proper identification
What are you doing to prepare your pets for Hurricane Idalia? Let me know in the comments below!
Stay safe out there!
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