Tropical storms and hurricanes are a fact of life in Florida. We are not immune from the effects of a storm living in Central Florida. Strong winds, large amounts of rainfall, and tens of thousands of evacuees from the coasts can create a situation where normal veterinary care and supplies may not be available for days or even weeks! Preparation is key! Once the storm is sure to make landfall, it is likely too late to find the pet food, medications, and other supplies you will need.
We strongly recommend that as you prepare for your family's well-being during a hurricane that you extend that care to your furry family too. Planning ahead is the best way to ensure the safety of your entire family. In the hope that all our clients and patients weather the storm safely, we have created a list of simple steps you can take to help ensure your pet stays happy and healthy during a disaster. We've also included links below that will provide additional information and tips.
If it is not safe for you to stay in your home, then it is not safe for your pets either! Never leave them behind! Without adequate preparation, you may not know where your pets will be welcomed. Please remember that rescuing an animal should never compromise human safety!
General Disaster Preparedness
"Pet Disaster Preparedness" - American Red Cross
"Disaster Preparedness" - CDC
"Make a Disaster Plan for your Pets" - The Humane Society
"Pet and Animal Emergency Planning" - Department of Homeland Security
Disaster Preparedness for Livestock (We don't serve livestock at Bellalago Veterinary, but many of our clients also have large animal members of their family. We strongly suggest working with your large animal veterinarian to get a plan in place.)
"Hurricane Preparation Tips" - University of Florida: Large Animal Hospital
"Disaster Preparedness for Farm Animals" - The Humane Society
"Hurricane Season Preparation for Florida Horse Farms" - University of Florida: IFAS Extension
"Hurricane News" - Florida Horse
"Hurricane Preparation" - Polk County Sheriff's Office
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