The Pet Parent's Guide to Hurricane Preparedness

September 16, 2020 Lili Kendall
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Hurricane season on the East Coast is typically from June to November, with peaks in late summer and early fall. Like any other emergency, your pet is also a priority in your hurricane plans! Here’s how to plan with your fur baby in mind:

Put together an emergency kit for your pet 

See our earlier blog for some essentials to put in your kit! 

Buy a ThunderShirt for your pet

Many dogs and cats deal with thunder anxiety, but these are the perfect antidote if you shelter-in-place! ThunderShirts put slight pressure on your dog or cat’s torso. Similar to how hugs help us relax or how swaddling comforts babies, being wrapped in a ThunderShirt helps your pet keep calm. 

Get a Rescue Alert decal

These stickers let first responders know that there’s a pet (or pets) inside your home. Be sure to place these near your front door and to write what kind of pets and how many you have. If you end up evacuating, write “evacuated” over the decal so first responders know you’re safe!

Make sure their vaccinations are up-to-date

 If you plan to board your pet during a storm, be sure to check with your veterinarian about updating their vaccines. As a reminder, we require Rabies, DAPP and Bordetella for dogs, and Rabies and FVRCP for cats! 

Have your pet microchipped 

In addition to having your pet wear their collar, microchipping adds an extra safety net. Getting your pet microchipped is quick, convenient and could save their life. Many veterinary clinics including ours offer microchipping. If your pet is already chipped, make sure their information is up-to-date!

Always include your pet in your evacuation plans 

We know this is a no-brainer, but we also want to remind you that you can bring your pet to Paradise if they can’t come with you! We’ll keep your fur babies safe and update you on how they’re doing. 


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