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Hurricane Idalia: Eight Things You should Know Before Evacuating with your Pets

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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