Spring has arrived and with it comes severe weather! As any Oklahoman knows, weather this time of year can get pretty crazy. We’re not strangers to thunderstorms and tornadoes, and we know all too well how destructive these forces of nature can be. That’s why it’s so important to have plan in place for you and your pets in case of an emergency.
Here are five smart and simple tips to help you prepare for severe weather season:
- Shelter – During severe storms it may be best to take shelter in a basement or small interior room like a bathroom. Make sure pets are acquainted with—and comfortable in—that area of your house and will go there with you easily if need be.
- Poisons – Make sure the shelter inside your home is free of dangers for pets. Many people keep pest poisons in the same basement where they may be sheltering during the storm. Unfortunately, pets are very good at finding baits and many are all too eager to eat it.
- Anxiety – Many pets have storm or firework anxiety and may be prescribed medications to help them cope. Remember it’s always best to give pets a dose of the medication prior to a storm to see how he or she will react—and pets should always get trial runs of medication during periods when the veterinarian is available in case questions arise.
- Evacuation – Among the items you should have are leashes and/or carriers, food, medication, identification, and water. Pet owners should know where favorite hiding places are for pets so they can be easily found during emergencies.
- First Aid – A first-aid kit is important not only in the event of a natural disaster, but any time a pet is far away from immediate help. It should contain items such as antibiotic ointment, towels, alcohol wipes, tweezers, vet information, etc. Learn more here.
- ASPCA Mobile App – This free app shows pet parents exactly what to do in case of a natural disaster. It also allows pet owners to store vital medical records, and provides information on making life-saving decisions during natural disasters. You can download it here.
These are just a few ways to help prepare for severe weather. Different pets require different preparation so needs should be dealt with based on your particular pet. You can find even more information and tips here and here.