Hurricane Isaias has reminded us that we are in the midst of hurricane season and we all need to be prepared.  Just like you have a disaster preparedness plan for yourself, you should also have one for your pets.      

If you shelter in place make sure to have a week’s worth of food, water and medication.  Your dog will need 0.5 to 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight per day.  For a 20-pound dog, this means 10 to 20 ounces per day.   You will also want to have toys and treats to keep them occupied.  Calming aids can also be beneficial if you have a pet that is frightened by storms.    

If you must evacuate, take your pets with you.  If it is not safe for you to stay, it is not safe for your pet.  All shelters in Lake County, FL are pet friendly.  When evacuating there are some items you will need to take with you:    

  •  A crate or carrier, leashes, collars and/or harnesses
  •   Food, water, dishes and medications.
  • Current photos, proof of vaccination and medical records.  These should be put in a waterproof container for safe keeping.
  • First aid kit
  • If your pet is chipped, make sure your contact information is up to date.
  • Clean-up supplies such as litter, poop bags, paper towels and cleaning spray.
  •  A favorite toy and bed (if you can easily transport it). Familiar items can help keep pets calmer in unfamiliar surroundings.

For those who will be going to stay with friends or family, know which hotels along your route are pet friendly in case you stop.  When you need to board your pet, have a list with feeding instructions, medical conditions, behavioral needs and the name and number of your veterinarian.    

Remember to keep your pet’s evacuation kit with your emergency supplies.  Preparation is the best way to ensure your safety and that of your pets.