Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The 2015 Hurricane Season is upon the state of Florida

Are your hurricane preparations in place? For you? For your family? For your Pug?  If it is not this is the time to complete it.  First of all, make sure you have preparations for you and your family.  Next comes to your beloved four legged animal – your Pug.  Make sure you have enough food and water for your Pug – at least 14 days worth.  Make sure the food will not have to be refrigerated just in case you lose electricity, you do not want to feed your Pug food that is bad.  Dry dog food would be best and your Pug may not be used to it but they will soon become use to it.  Even water is very critical for the survival of your Pug, so make sure you have enough to keep your Pug hydrated.  Make sure all medications that your Pug may be on are filled with extra in case you are unable to get to a pharmacy. 

What will happen if you have to evacuate?  Do you have a place that you are able to take your Pug with you?  Some hotels for a deposit will keep a room available for you but make sure they will accept animals beforehand.   There are some animal shelters around that could assist with making plans for your Pug but you need to make sure this is done well in advance of any hurricanes.  These shelters will fill up fast and you do not want to leave your Pug in harm’s way.  In order for your Pug to be considered for a shelter the following must be completed:
·         Make sure that your pets are current on their vaccinations.  Pet shelters may require proof of vaccines.
·         Have a current photograph
·         Keep a collar with identification on your pet and have a leash on hand to control your pet.
·         Have a properly-sized pet carrier for each animal - carriers should be large enough for the animal to stand and turn around.
·         Plan your evacuation strategy and don't forget your pet!  Specialized pet shelters, animal control shelters, veterinary clinics and friends and relatives out of harm's way are ALL potential refuges for your pet during a disaster.
Please make sure your evacuation plans are made well in advance with consideration to taking your Pug with you.  Many shelters will not allow pets in unless they are a service dog.  If you are unable to get your Pug into a animal shelter and unable to take them with you please make arrangements with a family member, friend or neighbor.  Too many animals are left to defend for themselves and so many of them do not make it or find their way home. 

Hurricane Season is not the time to start preparations but to already have preparations is in place.  You, your family and your Pug should all be ready in case of an emergency or evacuation with food, water, medications and warmth. 


3 comments:

  1. Hi dawn and pia pia!
    What a great post!
    Having a plan is the best way to stay safe in an unexpected situation!
    We love your new blog!
    Xoxoxo
    Melissa and Archie

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  2. Thanks for the heads up! Some things we thought of but others we didn't. Now time to get things together for the current hurricane season!
    Your friends, Minnie, Mack, Mario and Kathy

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  3. Good advice! Stay ready and safe!

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