Keeping your Pets Protected During Storms and Other Emergencies
It’s hard to know just how bad a storm will hit, and even harder to know what kind of damage it will cause to your home. Amid all the chaos that a leaking roof, a power outage, or a flooding basement can cause, it can be easy to forget your pets could be in danger.
Here are some simple and easy steps that you can follow to make sure your pet is as safe and secure as can be during emergency storms:
- Make sure that your pet is microchipped and has an ID. Of course, it’s important to keep pets indoors and in a safe environment, but sometimes loud noises can frighten them and, depending on the pet, lead them to attempt an escape.
- Keep extra food and clean water in a safe, water-proof area. It’s possible that your water supply could be shut off or contaminated, and so you should keep some handy just for your animal friend.
- Give your pet medication, a thunder vest, or whatever else they need to keep their anxiety down. Make sure you check in with a vet before you decide on any medications. If they have a space where they feel safe, make sure it’s available to them.
- Have a contingency plan for their bathroom needs. In extreme cold, rain, or storms, you won’t be able to take your pet out. If you have a cat, keep a clean box, and for dogs you can use sanitation pads in the bathroom or any other water-proof areas.
These guidelines can help you create a safe environment for your pet during emergency situations. Still, you know your pet and their needs best, and you can always adjust what you need to do based on the context. After a flood, it’s always a good idea to call a professional in case any dangerous molds (which are harmful to both pets and humans) might creep up. Feel free to ask any questions here at SERVPRO of Northbrook / Wheeling / Glencoe, (847) 498-8889.