For those of us who live in Tornado Alley, being prepared for twisters is par for the course. While tornado season is winding down, tornadoes can happen any time certain weather conditions are met. Tornados are particularly terrifying, not only because they are so dangerous, but also because they can happen so quickly. It’s important to be ready at all times! That of course means taking steps to prepare your pet as well. A Georgetown, IN vet offers some tips on this below.
Make sure your pet is microchipped and wearing proper ID tags. As for the microchip, you’ll also need to keep your records current in the chipmaker’s database. You may want to add a second or third number to the tags or account, in case your phone loses service. One of these numbers should be for someone who lives out of the area.
This could one day save your pet’s life! Get Fido and Fluffy used to their designated safe area. Make practicing fun for your pet by giving them attention and yummy treats. Spend some time in your shelter area with your furry pal, to help them get used to it.
Do you have a basement to retreat to? As soon as a tornado watch is announced, get ready to bring your pets down. If you don’t have a basement, you can use a closet in a windowless room. Hang a flashlight in it, and perhaps a radio, so your furry friend doesn’t feel as scared.
We always recommend keeping kitties inside, as it’s just safer for them. However, if you do let Fluffy out, keep her in when tornado weather is coming. Limit Fido’s outdoor time when conditions are ripe.
Keep pictures of your pets handy. (Social media can be helpful for this.) If your pets do go missing, you can immediately make flyers and start spreading the word. Also, upload a few pictures of you with your pet: this can help prove that you are Fido or Fluffy’s rightful owner.
Have your shelter spot stocked with essentials such as water, treats, and a few toys. Fluffy should have a litterbox and litter, while Fido may need a puppy pad.
Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Georgetown, IN animal clinic!