Many of our clients have been coming into the clinic and talking about Hurricane Irma that is still a possible threat to our area. Many are making plans just in case they have to leave town. Even if Hampton Roads does not get a direct hit from the storm, we could get a lot of flooding and winds that will cause people in our low-lying areas to possibly have to evacuate. Here are a few things to remember if you have to leave town with your pets:
- Grafton Animal Hospital can board your pets if cannot take them with you. We do have limited space and may have to reserve these spaces for our clients if we have a great demand. Give us a call at (757) 898-8433 to make a reservation.
- Make a kit for your pets of everything they will need when you leave town. Take plenty of your pet’s food (especially if they eat a special or prescription diet as these may be hard to find), bottled water, your pet’s medications, a leash and collar with rabies tags and ID tags attached and food and water bowls.
- Have a copy of your pet’s rabies certificate and vaccines with you in the car as you travel. If you contact any of the staff at Grafton Animal Hospital, we can print or email you a copy of this information. You can also visit our website at www.graftonvet.com, Click on My Pet, and My Pet’s Medical Records.
- Make sure your pet has identification. A simple tag with your phone number is better than nothing. These are available to make on-site at Walmart or any pet store. But because collars come off, consider a microchip for your pet. This little grain of rice sized chip under your pet’s skin allows a shelter or veterinary facility get your lost pet back to you.
- If you have to leave town, make contact with any place you plan to stay along the way to ensure your pets can also stay. You don’t want to drive all the way to a family member’s home to find out they cannot take your pets. Also, make sure your hotel is pet friendly.
When a storm is headed our way, everyone is frantic to make preparations. Be sure to include your pets in these preparations. If you need help with your pet during a hurricane, contact any of the staff at Grafton Animal Hospital at (757) 898-8433.