Hurricane season poses a risk to residents of Hawaii from mid-summer to the end of the year. Along with preparing emergency supplies for you and your loved ones, veterinarians also recommend your pet has what they need to stay safe. Take a look at the guide below so your whole family is prepared this season.
How to Build an Emergency Kit for Pets
1. Food & Fresh Water
Natural disasters like hurricanes often disrupt essential services, including your home’s water supply. Your pet can easily become dehydrated in warmer weather, so keep extra bottled water on hand. Of course, remember to stock up on enough food to last the next few weeks, in case flooding is severe in your area and you can’t get to a store.
2. Disaster Kit
Disaster kits are just as important for pets as they are for people. Kits should include pet carriers containing toys and bedding, medications (including flea and tick treatments), collars and leashes, vet records, and food stored in waterproof containers. When it comes to food and medications, a two-week supply should be available. Also, make sure your pet is microchipped if you become separated.
3. Medical Supplies
Pets may be injured during a natural disaster due to flying glass or other debris. Stock a first-aid kit, especially if you’re unable to access emergency animal care. Sterile gauze, antibiotic creams, and bandages will all prove to be lifesavers for your entire family should an injury occur. If your pet has any special health needs, make sure you have an ample supply of medication.
The veterinarians at Waipahu Waikele Pet Hospital knows that a hurricane can be stressful for both you and your pets. That’s why they urge pet owners to be fully prepared before disaster strikes. These caring veterinarians can also help with other issues, such as dental problems, pet boarding, and even skin care. Schedule an appointment at the Waipahu office today by calling (808) 671-7387. You can also learn more about the complete listing of services offered by visiting the website.