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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

More Hurricane Preparations

If you do not need to evacuate , it is still important to plan for your pets. When outside planters need to come into the house, please be careful as many plants are toxic to animals.   In case of a power outage lighted candles should never be left unattended with children, cats, or wagging tails. Please keep them away from curious faces and feet!
Bring pets indoor well in advance of a storm - reassure them and remain calm. They may be most comfortable and secure in their crates or safe area of the home until the storm has passed. Make sure each pet is accustomed to the crate before needed. This will ensure the crate will be a comforting and secure refuge. Even normally friendly animals of different species should not be allowed together unattended since the stress of the storm may cause distinct behavior changes. Keep fresh water available for your pet at all times and avoid sudden changes of diet. Never give your pet any sedatives or medications unless under a veterinarian’s prescription. Such medications can interfere with your pet’s ability to maintain its balance and equilibrium, which can lead to injury.
Your pet should wear a secure collar at all times with tags showing proof of rabies vaccination and your name, home address, and phone number in case you get separated. Also have a leash on hand to control your pet. After a disaster animals can become aggressive or defensive so monitor their behavior. Do not allow pets to eat or drink any potentially contaminated food or water. Walk pets on a leash until they become re-oriented to their home - often familiar scents and landmarks may be altered and pets could easily be confused and become lost.  Also downed power lines, high water and debris can all pose a threat for animals after a disaster.

Be prepared for the worst . No one likes to think about it, yet many pets become separated from their owners. To increase the chances of a safe return, have a recent photograph and written description of your pet. Your pet's information is convenient to have on hand - even crucial, in the case of an emergency. When you have your pet’s annual exam done, we send you a complimentary wallet-sized ID card perfect for carrying with you wherever you go. This information-packed card contains valuable information about your pet, including: the pet's photo and identifying information, your pet's microchip number, your pet’s vaccination information, Seminole Trail Animal Hospital’s contact information, and Veterinary Emergency Clinic emergency number.  If pets cannot be found after a disaster, contact your local animal control office and HomeAgain ® to notify them that your pet is missing.