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Hurricane preparedness for you and your furry friend: Safeguarding your dog in Sarasota

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Hurricane season is in full swing, and for Sarasota residents, it's essential to be well-prepared. While you gather supplies, secure your home, and plan evacuation routes, it's crucial not to forget a vital member of your family – your four-legged companion. In this blog post, we'll provide you with valuable tips on how to prepare for a hurricane with your dog in Sarasota, ensuring their safety and well-being during these challenging times.

1. Create an emergency kit for your dog

Just as you'd prepare an emergency kit for yourself, make sure to assemble one for your dog. Your pet's hurricane emergency kit should include:

  • Food: Pack at least a week's worth of your dog's regular food in a sealed container.
  • Water: Store enough clean water for both you and your dog.
  • Medications: Include any necessary medications and a copy of your dog's medical records.
  • Leash and collar: Ensure you have a sturdy leash and a well-fitting collar or harness with an ID tag.
  • Crate or carrier: If your dog is crate-trained, have a secure crate or carrier for transport.
  • Comfort items: Include your dog's favorite toys, blanket, or bed for comfort.
  • First aid kit: A basic pet first-aid kit with essentials like bandages and antiseptic.
  • Documents: Keep copies of important documents, including vaccination records, in a waterproof bag.
  • Recent photos: Have recent photos of your dog in case they get lost.
  • Contact information: A list of emergency contacts, including your veterinarian's information.
  • Pet waste supplies: Don't forget poop bags to clean up after your dog.

2. Plan your evacuation route

Know your evacuation routes and shelters that accept pets. Not all shelters allow animals, so it's essential to plan ahead. Contact local animal shelters, boarding facilities, or pet-friendly hotels to confirm their policies and availability during emergencies.

3. ID Your dog properly

Ensure your dog has a securely fitting collar or harness with an up-to-date ID tag that includes your current contact information. Consider microchipping your dog if they aren't already, as this provides a permanent form of identification.

4. Keep your dog calm

Hurricanes can be stressful for dogs due to the loud noises and unfamiliar environments. Consider using a snug-fitting anxiety wrap, like a Thunder shirt, to help keep your dog calm. Play soothing music or provide familiar toys to reduce anxiety.

5. Know your dog's hiding spots

In case of severe weather or evacuation, know your dog's favorite hiding spots in your home. These spots may be where they feel safest during a storm.

6. Evacuate early

Don't wait until the last minute to evacuate. If you're in an evacuation zone, leave early to avoid traffic and ensure your dog's safety. Remember to take your dog's emergency kit with you.

7. Maintain a routine

While it may be challenging during a hurricane, try to maintain a routine for your dog as much as possible. Regular meal times and walks can help reduce stress.

8. Keep your dog secure

Ensure your dog is securely contained and cannot escape during the storm. High winds and heavy rain can damage fences and gates. If you're staying in a hotel, keep your dog on a leash or in a secure carrier.

9. Stay informed

Stay informed about the storm's progress through local news and weather updates. Be ready to act quickly if conditions worsen.

Take action with DoodyCalls Suncoast

Preparing for a hurricane is stressful enough; let us handle the dirty work and clean up your yard before and after the hurricane! Visit the DoodyCalls Suncoast website to learn more about our pet waste removal services and how we can help you maintain a clean and safe environment for your dog, even during hurricane season. Don't let pet waste be an added concern during emergencies – partner with DoodyCalls Suncoast and focus on what matters most: the safety and well-being of your furry friend.