Updated: Aug 7, 2019
By: Catherine West, MCC Practice Manager
Natural disasters are challenging to navigate and preparing to care for our pets in such situations is important. Below are some tips for preparing to travel and for traveling with your pet in an emergency situation.
Dr. Montgomery also provided a checklist to print and help organize for your pet's safety.
TIPS FOR PREPARING TO TRAVEL
1. If you have copies of your vet records, pack them. If you do not have copies of your records, do the best you can to get copies. Most clinics have the ability to email them quickly without headache.
2. If your pet is on medications, be sure you have packed them and have enough medication for at least two weeks.
3. Be sure you pack plenty of food and that you travel with water to offer if needed.
4. If your animals are microchipped, be sure that all of your information is current! If your animal is not microchipped, this is a perfect example as to why they should be. Even indoor animals are subjected to natural disasters such as hurricanes and tornados. During these stressful times, your pets deserve permanent identification.
TIPS FOR TRAVELING
1. If you are traveling with a cat, the safest manner of travel is in a harness, with a leash and inside a carrier. If you choose to let the cat out of the carrier while you are driving, be sure that you have a hand on the leash before you open any doors. Cats are, by nature, nervous during travel and very prone to darting.
2. Place a comfortable towel or blanket inside the carrier and place a towel or blanket over the carrier. Cats are very different than dogs. They do not like to look out and see their world changing. By creating a safe "cave" for them to hide in, you will be reducing the stress for your pet.
3. If you can stop at a pet store, you can purchase a product called Feliway. This is a spray that is pheromone based and is a calming agent for cats. Spray the inside of the carrier and the towel or blanket covering the carrier and this will assist your cat in settling in during travel.
4. If you are looking for a hotel, call ahead to be sure they are pet friendly. There are brilliant apps such as Hotels.com which will make your life so much easier when needing to locate a hotel that is pet friendly along your route. You can call them and get everything set up very quickly!