Now the Hurricane Irma has completed her trek through the state of Florida, we all hope that you and your loved ones are safe. Once you’ve taken care of your safety, it’s time to consider the health of your animals. Hurricanes are not only stressful on us, but are extremely stressful on your pets. Here are a few things you can do to help your pet through these hard times.
- My Pet Has Storm Anxiety
After a hurricane, pets may now start to show signs of fear during thunderstorms. Talk to your vet about ways to reduce anxiety in your pet, including available medications, behavior modification techniques, and supplemental therapies.
My favorites are iCalmPet for calming music, Thundershirt for gentle hugging clothing, and Feliway or Adaptil for stress reducing pheromones.
- Reduce Stress
Get back on a routine schedule and provide familiarity with favorite toys, blankets, and bedding.
- Lost Pets
Finding Rover is a helpful phone app to reunite people and their lost pets.
Safety at home
Leash walk your pet outside and keep them indoors while officials and working crews help to clean up the aftermath.
- Give your pet clean drinking water and fresh food.
If the water is not safe for you to drink, then it is not safe for your pet. Have bottled or boiled water (cooled down) available for your furry friend. Have fresh food available and throw away any spoiled canned or human food.
- Future Natural Disaster Plan
Review how your safety plan went for Hurricane Irma and make improvements for future natural disasters. Consider packing a “bug out” pet bag ready to go for emergencies and making sure your pet’s microchip is up to date with your contact information.
About Dr. Laura Laxton
Dr. Laura Laxton earned her doctorate from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. She has had a passion for helping dogs and cats since she was a little girl. As a small animal veterinarian, she has a focused interest in animal behavior, dermatology, and communication. She is Fear Free℠ certified and cares about your pet’s emotional well-being. She enjoys spending her free time hiking and watching movies with her husband, Matthew, and four dogs, Lindy, Cara, Maggie, and Wilfred. She currently resides in Bonita Springs, Florida.