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Tornadoes, fires, and floods, oh my! Natural disasters have a way of coming at the most inconvenient times, so it’s best to be prepared for the worst. In Charleston, we’re particularly sensitive to hurricanes, and since the 2017 hurricane season is well underway it’s definitely a good idea to have some sort of preparedness plan in place. Everyone in your family should be prepared in case of an emergency, including your pets. Here are a few tips for your furry friend in case of a natural disaster.

  • Make sure they’re wearing a collar!
      1. Make sure that your pet is kept safe with a collar. If they run off and get separated from you, it’s one of the easiest ways to make sure strangers know that they aren’t a stray and to get them back home. Keep the contact information updated to make reuniting even simpler.
  • Microchip your pet
      1. In case you and your pet get separated, this is one of the best ways to ensure that they’re safe and sound. They’re simply a little chip that is put into your pet’s shoulder to track them, and, nowadays, most animal shelters have a chip scanner. Make sure you register your microchip with the company that made it and keep your contact information up-to-date.
  • Keep a pet carrier
      1. Have a pet carrier ready for each of your pets with their name, your name, and your contact information. Introduce your pet to the carrier and make sure that they’re comfortable in it before a crisis. You could even do a test run with the car and carrier to make sure that they’re familiar with the situation and don’t freak out too much on the day of.
  • Pet-friendly evacuation
      1. When you’re evacuating, you don’t want to have to stress about where you’ll stay. Call a few hotels along your evacuation route to see if they are pet-friendly. If you’re traveling to a friend or family member’s house, just double-check and see if they’re okay with having you bring your pets along! Don’t just leave pets behind; if a situation isn’t safe for you, it’s not safe for your pet, either.
  • Prep a disaster kit
    1. In case a disaster strikes, have a kit ready to lower some of the stress. Make sure that there’s food, water, proof of ID and vaccinations, a leash, first aid kit, and a favorite toy or two. It definitely doesn’t hurt to have a kit on hand and ready for any type of disaster!

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