Hurricane Preparedness for Pets
Don't let hurricane season get you down! Thankfully, these events can be predicted well in advance, which gives you plenty of time to put together a hurricane preparedness plan for yourself and your pet(s). Regardless of the time of year, we suggest creating a safety and evacuation plan, and rehearsing it step by step so you'll be able to act quickly should the need arise. Our veterinary team in Houston knows how devastating natural disasters can be for people and their pets. Therefore, we've included safety guidelines below to help you know what to do, and where to start.
Important Safety Tips
We recommend taking the following steps to prepare yourself and your pets for a potential emergency. The sooner you start, the better!
- Have your pets vaccinated and up-to-date on their parasite preventatives. If they need to be boarded at a shelter or some other safe haven, it is essential that they be immune to contagious diseases.
- Arrange to have your pets stay with a friend or relative who lives in a safe area, if possible. Also reach out to shelters, animal hospitals or other places that might be accepting animals. Wherever you choose to place your pets in the event of an emergency, make sure the location is on or close to your evacuation route.
- Make sure your pets are all wearing collars with updated ID tags and have been microchipped. Pets can get lost easily, especially if they become scared. Also carry photos of your pets with you.
- Put together an emergency pet supply kit that includes:
- Your pet's medical records
- Medications and/or supplements
- Pet carriers (for smaller pets)
- Plenty of food and water
- Leashes and collars, and a muzzle or two if necessary
- Try to keep your pets as calm as possible during stormy weather, or when you're traveling together.
To track the weather and receive the latest updates on storm developments, you can go to noaa.gov. This is a valuable resource for all things weather-related, and also includes helpful information about safety, alert-system changes, hazards and more.
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Brought my bearded dragon as a first time visitor. The staff was so nice and helpful! I felt very comfortable. The doctors and assistants were also knowledgeable and took time to make sure I was providing the right care for my Tomo.
The staff is amazing here. They helped get my #1 back to his normal, healthy self. Everyone of was kind, helpful, and attentative. 10/10 would recommend.
I also love that you treat so many kinds of animals! We have taken you ferrets, a chicken, a pot bellied pig and ofcourse, dogs. You have done an excellent job with all. I would (and do often!) heartily recommend this clinic. Thank you being so good at your job!
Took our Berber Skink in this weekend and was totally impressed by the caring staff. Dr. Jordan did a great job in diagnosing Skittles' problems. Kim was very patient in explaining what we needed to do to bring him back to health. We would highly recommend them for all your pet family members.
Extremely professional staff, yet personable. Genuine care and concern is something that I noticed on my first visit, which will keep me coming back.
I took my lionhead dwarf rabbit for an initial wellness checkup today and loved Dr. Jordan and Kim! I'm glad to have established Kiki's care here and highly recommend Animal Medical Center of the Village!