Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Pet Go Bag

June 1st is the first day of hurricane season for 2017. If you live in an area that could be affected by a hurricane (remember, you don’t need to be right on the coast to see the effects of a hurricane arrive at your doorstep!), it's time to take inventory of your emergency supplies. So while you’re checking your spare batteries and bottled water, don’t forget about the four-legged members of your family.

Here are a few basics that you may need if you have to leave home in a hurry and find better shelter:

  1. Two weeks of pet medicine and medical records in a waterproof container
  2. One week of food in a waterproof container
  3. Two leashes, disposable in case of contamination (flood water, etc.)
  4. Muzzle
  5. Collapsible crate
  6. Dawn soap for a bath if your pet gets exposed to flood waters or other potential hazardous materials.

Another consideration for a pet go bag is how to deal with your pet when they are stressed. As may of us know, our pets are dialed in to how we feel, and many pets will become nervous and stressed when we are nervous and stressed. Stress can turn a normally happy and kind pet into one that is withdrawn or even aggressive. But more likely is that a stressed pet will start to have digestive distress.

Be on the lookout for stomach trouble/displacement behaviors like eating grass, especially if you are leaving home post-incident as they could inadvertently eat something that could make them sick.


Anxiety is a recommended topic to discuss with your veterinarian. Some highly anxious pets may need something as significant as a sedative to help them through the experience of a hurricane and the travelling and chaos that could follow. Additional medications to help with stomach troubles are another recommended topic to discuss with your veterinarian. If you can calm down your pet and keep them eating normally that will certainly help yourself and your family remain as level-headed as possible during trying times.

And don’t forget creature comforts. Zapp has bonded with this old teddy bear named “Tubby,” but don’t tell anyone. He’s still trying to maintain his tough search dog image.

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