ELKHART – Humans aren’t the only ones affected by tornadoes – they can be a traumatic and potentially dangerous experience for pets, too.
A cat or dog that’s stressed out (or worse, missing) can add unnecessary chaos in the midst of a severe weather event.
These tips from the American Humane Association and the Humane Society will help you take care of your pet before, during and after a tornado.
- Prepare emergency pet supplies in your designated shelter like food, water, treats and blankets. Include sanitation items like a litter box, litter and puppy pads. Include a crate or carrier that your pet can feel safe in.
- Make sure your pet has a collar with identification that includes your contact information.
- Talk to your vet about getting your pet microchipped so they can be tracked and located if they escape.
- Think about purchasing a body wrap for your pet if they’re especially sensitive to storms. The pressure from the wraps, which are available from several pet supply companies, is calming for some animals.
- Make sure you know your pet’s usual hiding spots so you can locate them quickly when it’s time to head to your storm shelter.
- If you evacuate your home, take your pet with you along with identification and emergency pet supplies.
- If you can’t evacuate, bring your pet with you to your storm shelter – in a crate or carrier, if possible.
- Especially severe tornadoes can eradicate familiar smells and landmarks, which could be confusing for your pet. Stay close to them and don’t let them wander immediately after the storm.
- Don’t let your pets out of your shelter until you’ve inspected your home and surrounding area for dangers.
- Keep an eye out for food, water or liquids that could be contaminated.
- Identify downed power lines and dangerous debris that could injure your pet.