Bay Area Flood Alert And Your Pet

February 21st, 2017

The heavy rains in California, and the breaking of the Oroville dam have brought heavy flooding and mudslides throughout the state. Given the drought we’ve been in, Californians aren’t used to such extreme weather and rain.  So it’s important to arm yourself with some tips on how to protect your pet if a flood warning should come through your area.

Keep your pets inside

Super harsh weather can really bun your pet out. If you leave your dog out in the rain, the cold and the wind can make your dog sick, or at least, make your dog miserable. If it’s too cold for you outside, it’s too cold for your dog.

Microchip your dog

Make sure your dog is microchipped in case you get separated in a storm, the wind knocks down a fence post and your dog escapes, or gets scared and runs away. A microchip is essential to helping you and your dog get reunited.

Get a “Pets Inside”

It’s super important to have this sign in your home. Go a step better and write how many of what kind of animals you have on the sign. Should you have to evacuate or you’re not home in the middle of an emergency, neighbors or the fire department can come in and rescue your animals.

Take your pets with you

If there’s an evacuation call, take it seriously and move quickly, but not so quickly you leave your pets behind. Keep an emergency pet stash in the front closet that has food, bowls, leashes, and anything else your dog may need so you can grab it and go on your way out. It can be helpful to find a list of hotels that allow animals so that you can check into somewhere pet friendly should you need to leave your place.

An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. Make sure you’ve considered your pets in your preparedness plan. If you don’t have a preparedness plan, make sure you write one now!