Pet Hurricane Preparedness Tips

Hurricane season is approaching. We know, it’s been a bumpy year, but the pandemic won’t stop storms from forming. While we certainly hope that this season passes quietly, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and be prepared. That means taking some steps to keep yourself, your family, and your pet safe and sound if a hurricane hits. A Tampa, FL veterinarian offers some tips on pet preparation below.

Pet Emergency Kit

If you don’t have a pet preparation kit ready, this is definitely a good time to make one. We recommend including several days’ worth of food, water, treats, and, if applicable, medicine. You’ll also want to add toys, bedding, dishes, grooming supplies, a pet first-aid kit, and a spare leash and collar. If you have a dog, include waste baggies and a tie-out line. Some shelters may require muzzles, so add one just in case. Fluffy will need a litterbox and litter. Keep these things in a backpack or storage tote, preferably near your pet’s carrier. If a storm approaches, go ahead and put it in your car.


Keep copies of your pet’s registration and paperwork on hand. This is very important! If you do have to go to a hotel or shelter, they will likely require documentation that your pet is current on his vaccines and parasite control. You can store copies in your car and/or on your phone.


Pets can get very scared and confused during major storms, which may make them more likely to bolt than usual. Make sure that your furry pal is microchipped. Also, verify your records, and make sure that your information is correct in the chipmaker’s database. (Tip: try using the Pet Microchip Lookup tool here.) The chip won’t help if your contact information is outdated or incorrect! ID tags are also important.

Evacuation Plans

It’s best to have a plan in place, and hope you don’t need to use it. Print a list of all pet-friendly hotels and shelters within a few hours’ drive. Don’t automatically leave coastal cities out. It’s always good to have options. You can always adjust your plans as storm tracks change. If you would stay with friends or family, make sure your pet is welcome too!

Please contact us, your Tampa, FL vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here for you!

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