A large portion of the country has either been affected or will be affected shortly by Hurricane Sandy. Store shelves are mostly empty at this point, but here are some last minute tips to help you keep your pet safe.
- Pack plenty of food for your furry friend. It is a great idea to separate your dog’s food by day so their portions are measured out, and if you can, fill an automatic feeder for your cat. Don’t forget that electricity can’t begin to be restored until after the rain and high winds have passed.
- Make sure you know which shelters are pet friendly. Since not all emergency shelters will allow pets, it’s good to know in advance which ones will accept both you and your furry companion(s).
- Leave out plenty of water for your pets both at home and at the shelter. If you live on a well system and can’t access your water without electricity, it’s necessary to fill up as many buckets as you can to keep your pets hydrated throughout the storm.
- Double check that your pet is wearing their collar with up-to-date contact information. If your pet gets out during the hurricane this is the only way to ensure they can be identified and returned to you. If your pet is micro-chipped, make sure the account is updated with the your contact information and add as many emergency contacts as possible.
Follow these easy tips to ensure both you and your pet will weather the storm. Stay safe!