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It's important to learn tips on protecting pets from flooding. The recent record-breaking rainfall has an effect not only on us, but also on our pets. Ever since the long-awaited arrival of the Pineapple Express has arrived in California and other parts of the West Coast, the Golden State has been hammered with flooding. But the good news is, this will help with the woes of the drought this area has been experiencing for many years now.
Usually Southern California and the greater Los Angeles area is absent from very much in the way of severe weather and cold spells. But if El Nino and the warmer storms from Hawaii continue, there could be more rising waters in the immediate future. Here are some tips on protecting your pets from flooding and possible evacuations.
Before disaster strikes, pet and homeowners should always be prepared with an emergency kit. Be sure to include your animals in this equation when packing the contents of this kit. It’s recommended they contain plenty of fresh batteries, a radio and flashlight, but don’t forget:
- Enough fresh water and pre-packaged food for both you and your pet
- To pack your first-aid kit with extra gauze and medications for animal use
- The fact that even if your pet is microchipped, make sure they’re wearing ID tags
- To have all your pet’s paperwork and medication in a sealed, watertight bag
- Their treats and anything else that will make them feel more comfortable.
- Your pet carriers kept nearby with their favorite toys and blankets inside
Speaking of blankets, ensure there's enough extra covers and towels for your pet’s use as well as your own and that of your family. If your animal is especially sensitive to stress, consider natural relief like Bach’s Rescue Remedy, which as it’s name implies, is meant to calm pets in these types of relocation circumstances. This all natural, calming solution is a wonderful solution for these types of stressful situations.
The practice of sandbagging sometimes precede possible flooding concerns, but when it comes to certain breeds of dogs, beware of those that are known diggers and curious about new things in their environment. Keep an eye on your canine when they’re around these cautionary bags and make sure they don’t disturb them by digging or “marking” around them.
In the event evacuations are in order, before you’re in a position to flee, make sure the place you will be staying allows pets. A quick online search will make a last minute trip to this type of location a welcoming environment. Better yet, see if you can make some prior arrangements with a family member or friend who lives someplace safer residing on higher ground.
No one can predict with any absolute certainty what the future holds in terms of weather. Even our most trusted, favorite forecaster, using all of today’s current technology like doppler radar, can’t predict exactly where or when a storm will hit. There’s also no way of knowing if we’ll get an inch of rain or several feet of snow. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when being preparing for unexpected weather conditions.