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    How to keep pets safe during a tornado

    How to keep your furry friend safe before, during and after a dangerous weather event.


    Posted on April 11, 2014 at 4:49 p.m.

    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.

    Before

    • 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.

    During

    • 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.

    After

    • 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.


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