You can file this under “Been there. Done that.” Some hurricane evacuation prep is definitely last minute—securing lawn furniture, topping off the gas tank, emptying the freezer and fridge. Preparing to travel with your pet, not so much. Save the last minute stress (Evacuation is stressful enough!), and get Muffin and her supplies ready now.
Research in advance the names and locations of pet friendly lodging along your intended route. Check to see what their specific policies are. Better yet, plan to stay with friends or family that live out of the storm’s path. Always travel with a pet carrier that’s large enough for your pet to stand up and turn around in.
Unless your dog is a lot smarter than mine, she can’t talk and doesn’t know her address and phone number. ALL pets should be microchipped and wear a securely fastened collar with up-to-date rabies tags and a tag with the pet’s name, your name, address, and cell number. Print or have on your mobile device a picture of your pet and her veterinary records.
Pack a bag of necessary supplies, including:
- bottled water
- food and water dishes
- manual can opener if canned food is used
- poop bags
- doggy shampoo
- favorite toys
- paper towels
Keep your dog safely on-leash at rest stops and when you arrive at your destination. She’ll be as stressed as you are, so you can’t be sure how she’ll react off-leash.
As I write this, storms are brewing in the Gulf, so what are you waiting for? Start your prep now.