What Your Pets Really Need During a Weather Emergency

Extreme weather is inevitable, from forest fires to earthquakes and tornadoes. If weather struck your home, do you know how to protect your pet?

An Escape Plan

Before an emergency strikes, make sure you and your pets have a rock-solid escape plan. Identify a room in your home that serves as a safe room to take shelter from issues like hurricanes or tornadoes. An escape plan can also be what friend or relative's house you'll go to or a route to escape a fire. 

Food & Water

Food and water should be readily available, but many pet owners don't consider the big picture on how to plan. First and foremost, you need at least five days' worth of food and water on hand if you can't get to the store for more provisions. Choose filtered water that's factory sealed to ensure it's safe to drink for as long as possible. 

Beyond how much food you need, consider the quality of the food. Feeding your pets ultra-processed food during a long-term emergency can lead to health issues and malaise. Our freeze-dried meal toppers have no additives, fillers, or preservatives. We focus on high-quality options, like Free-Range Raw Freeze-Dried Elk & Venison Meal Topper with venison meat, organs, and bones.

Medicine

Stocking up on your pet's medication is a must. Ask your vet for additional medicine specifically for your weather emergency kit. Keep it up high in a dry, cool place that won't be tempting for furry friends to get into. Remember to include droppers and anything else that may be required to administer medication.

It's also wise to think ahead and prep products to help soothe unexpected fungal infections or other issues. Products like Stop the Itch offers maximum strength protection for dogs and cats who are compulsively itching. 

Anxiety Deflection

Dogs and cats experience anxiety just like humans. Give your pets some comfort while sheltering during emergency weather. Lots of cuddling, playing together with a favorite toy, and listening to music are a few places to start. 

Your pets may also need extra help with issues like scratching and chewing. Produces like Stop the Chew spray deterrents to keep pets from chewing and destroying areas of your home. 

Accessories

Keep your pets' accessories ready to go at a moment's notice. Keep their pet carrier, leash, harnesses, and anything they need to ride in a car near your emergency kit or exit. It's also wise to keep a copy of their medical info, veterinarian's phone number, and any other crucial information within reach.

Current Pet Photos

It's devastating to think about being separated from a pet, but it does happen during weather emergencies. Keep current photos on hand or uploaded to your social media channels. If your pet goes missing, you have recent photos ready to go while asking the community for help.

Plan Ahead

We can't always predict weather emergencies, but you probably know what time of year it's likely to affect your area the most. Plan ahead by regularly checking the weather, double-checking your emergency kit, and feeding your pets quality food. Make sure they're well-fed and have enough weight on them to maintain for a few days of hunkering down with limited rations. 

Schedule In Rest

Pet Weather Emergency - Emmy's BestA weather emergency causes stress and anxiety for both humans and pets alike. Give your furry family members a chance to rest and recover from the ordeal.

Keep up with their usual exercise routine, but don't expect them to be ready to jump into action and have the same energy level as before. If your pet still seems out of sorts and sluggish after a week, ask your veterinarian for assistance. 

Final Thoughts

Weather emergency is unpredictable, but your response doesn't have to be. Prepare your home and pets for protection and give yourself peace of mind.