Your dog or cat’s behavior may significantly change after a natural disaster. They may become defensive, aggressive, and unpredictable. It is important to be mindful of their mental state and to keep them away from any potential hazards. A few important steps are:
- Keep a close eye on all your pets, and make sure they are in a safe space. Fences and gates may have been damaged, so make sure they are under control.
- It is important to not let your pet wander off – natural disasters can disorient your pet’s sense of direction because it will destroy the scent markers your pet will typically use.
- Pay close attention to potential hazards at the nose/paw/hoof level, such as debris, chemicals, fertilizers, and other items that may not seem dangerous to a human, but can harm an animal.
- Consult your veterinarian immediately should a problem arise.
Things to remember for your pet in an emergency (see printable for full checklist):
- Extra Food
- Pet Carrier
- Tags & Microchip
- Medical Records