Plan now to keep your furry family members safe in a disaster

As we prepare for Hurricane Florence’s approach and aftermath, here are some useful tips from one of our CBHR vets, VCA Whispering Pines Animal Hospital.

  • Make sure your pet is microchipped and you have the number. Pets that become displaced are much less likely to be returned to their parents! Make an appointment today if your pet isn’t microchipped.
  • Register your dog on the Finding Rover app. This free app has facial recognition that will alert you if someone has found your pet (dogs only).
  • Have extra leashes, crates and carriers ready to be used for all pets in your household in case you need to evacuate.
  • Maintain an updated list of all vaccines and a copy of each pet’s medical record.
  • Always have at least 7 days’ worth of prescription medications and pet food in your home, and keep it easily accessible.
  • Keep a pet evacuation kit in your home. The American Veterinary Medical Association has a helpful list of recommended supplies. Prepare your kit well in advance and store it in an easy-to-carry, waterproof case kept close to an exit.
  • In the event of an emergency, the American Red Cross will have a list of pet-friendly shelters.
  • Seek immediate veterinary care if your pet has a medical emergency.

    Supplies you should have in your disaster kit

    From Charleston County Hurricane Preparedness Guide
    Basic items for 3 days or longer:

    • Water (Dog: 1 gallon for every 10 lbs your dog weighs; Cat: ½ gallon per day)
    • Dry food (1-2 lbs food for every 10 lbs the pet weighs per day)
    • Food and water bowls
    • Vaccination records and medicines
    • Collar ID and leash
    • Kennel or crate
    • Newspaper or litter
    • Photo of your pet
    • Garbage bag