The hurricane season is picking up, are you prepared in the event of a tropical storm or hurricane? Florida has been lucky for quite a few years but how long can that luck hold out? It is best to be prepared just in case. This is a good time to get prepared while you have the time to make a list, to make sure everything on your list is in your hurricane supplies and that all the supplies are not expired.
1. Evacuation Plan: Would you have to evacuate? If yes, do you have a place to go where you already know your Pug will be accepted? Whether it is a family, friends, hotel, or shelter please verify your Pug will be able to go with you. Whatever happens, do not leave them at home by themselves. You can call your local animal shelter for assistance in locating shelter who accepts pets or other options for your Pug. DO NOT WAIT until a storm is here to make arrangements because they will not be available to accept your Pug. Plan ahead.
2. Food and water supply. If you are able to remain at home make sure there is enough food and water to last for at least two weeks for your Pug. When it comes to water, it is better to have enough water to a month pending on the heat and humidity. Do not rely on sitting water which could have toxins within the water. Some areas may be on a water ban or boil water for months after a storm has hit. Like humans your Pug need plenty of water.
3. Medicines. Make sure when a pending storm is coming to stock up on your Pug’s medicines, especially those that are diabetic and such. Many pharmacies may not open after a storm for weeks and you don’t want to take chances with your Pug.
4. Records. Make sure you have a copy of your Pug vaccinations, their rabies tag, hopefully they are micro-chipped and you have a record of their number, the veterinarian and your information for the shelters or if you and your Pug are separated somehow. A current photo and information in regards to their behavior and any medical conditions. Keep in a clear storage waterproof storage bag. If possible keep one in the hurricane supply kit and one with you.
5. Extras. Keep a bin with an extra blanket or towel, an extra toy, and anything else to help your Pug get through this storm just as you would take for you and your children. An extra leash, harness or collar, things to keep them warm. A carrier to help them feel more secure and one that they can lie day and stand up comfortably. Grooming items, trash bags, and cleaning agents (in case of accidents).
6. First Aid Kit. Prepare a first aid kit with your Pug in mind such as bandages, eye drops, tweezers, saline solution, and such.
All these items, especially the paperwork, identifications, medications, and such should be placed in a water proof container so not to be ruined in case of water damage. Pug get very anxious and scared especially when so much is going on with leaving your house, staying somewhere else not familiar to your Pug, traveling in a car, and just the storm with the lighting and thunder, so please do all you can to make things safe for you, your family, and your Pug.
Prepare now, Do not wait, Be ready, and Be safe!!
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