Thorough emergency preparedness is important during severe storm weather, particularly in areas where pet owners may be forced to leave their homes.
But what about more common thunderstorms or tornados? Here are five smart and simple tips from the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center you can share with clients and adopters to make storms safer and less stressful for their companion animals.
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.
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.
Many pets have storm or firework anxiety and may be prescribed medications to help them cope. Remind clients that 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.
Among the items your clients should have handy are leashes and/or or carriers, food, medication and water. Pet owners should know where favorite hiding places are for pets so they can be easily found during emergencies.