Friday, September 1, 2017

After the Hurricane #PetTips

    Hurricane Harvey has left Texas but what remains is a catastrophic mess. There are many dangers lurking in and under the standing flood water. I wanted to share some tips to keep your pets safe to those trying to restore some semblance of normalcy.
   These ideas are good to keep in mind in the event of any water disaster.
Standing Water
• High waters pose a danger to all animals. It is important to make sure your pet is safe. Never leave a pet tied up or in a cage where they can’t get to higher ground.
• Floodwaters may contain toxic chemicals and bacterial disease like Leptospirosis. 
• The dirty water can hide an abundance of dangers such as snakes or down here in the south…alligators!
• Standing water is a haven for mosquitoes. These pests carry diseases and parasites like heartworms. It is not the time to skip your dog’s heartworm preventative.
• Flooding is another reason that it is so important to scoop your dog’s poop. All that feces that folks did not pick up is now in the floodwaters.
• Do not allow your dog to drink flood water.

Land Dangers
• When flooding occurs, the landscape changes. This can cause your pet to become disoriented. Keep your pet on a leash and make sure their microchip is updated.
• Food and other unsavory things may be left high and dry. We all know that dogs love a good stink so never let your pet eat anything off the ground.
• The ground is oversaturated. Your pet can sink or get stuck in the muck. Always know where your pet is if they are outside.
Stress
• Stress is very real for pets. If you have been displaced, your pet is going to be very confused. Try to keep them close by and reassure them.
• If you can foster dogs or cats that have lost their homes, keep them separated from your pets. This will decrease the chance of agitation or transferring an illness.
• Pets pick up on your emotions and will try to comfort you. Enjoy a snuggle. It will do both of you a world of good.
• Try to remember that this will pass. Have faith and stay strong. We are praying for you.

*Thanks to PetPlan and their staff veterinarian Kym Smith for some of these timely tips. If you are looking for an insurance company that cares about your pets, check into a Pet Plan® policy.
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39 comments :

  1. I will pray with you that the people and the pets and the wildlife find a safe place ...and that no one has to suffer or to die when nature goes mad... this evil harvey, hope so much he will lose it's power soon...

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    1. Hurricane Harvey didn't flood my son outside of Houston but my niece in Nashville got water in her home! We hope Irene stays over the ocean.

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  2. Oh Melissa....my heart goes out to all of those families affected by this terrible tragedy. These are all great tips and will be of use to many during this time. Let's hope the other hurricane heads AWAY!!

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    1. Thanks Jeanne! I hope none of us will ever need them but it is always better safe than sorry.

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  3. Prayers for human and fur victims to heal well and quickly.

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

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    1. It looks like a long recovery but I know Texas can do it!

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  4. This is such an important and wonderful post! We continue to keep all of the peeps and doggies that were affected by Harvey in our thoughts and prayers.

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    1. Thanks Molly! All of the prayers have really helped.

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  5. It will be a terrible mess for a long time, but being careful is a top priority. Good tips and we are so happy Paisley and her family is safe.

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    1. Everyone has been so amazing helping and donating. I know Texas can come back from this tragedy!

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  6. I always think it would be fun to live on a river or lake and then...floods. It is good to hear the sun came out

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    1. We always think the same thing until I imagine snakes, gators and all of the mosquitoes! BOL!

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  7. Thank you for the excellent advice! We just heard that some rescued pets will be coming to our area. Maybe we'll have a look at the local shelter.

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    1. Many of the dogs and cats are heading north for adoption!

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  8. Such important info in this post! We continue to pray for all during this awful experience.

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  9. Those are all great tips ! We think of all who were hit by Harvey. Purrs

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    1. Thank you so much. It is a wonderful thing to see everyone coming together to lend help and support.

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  10. Such pawsome advice for all those affected by the hurricane. Wishing you and yours a safe and dry 'howliday' weekend. ❤︎

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    1. We appreciate it! It has been very nice here and in Houston. Hopefully, the nice days will help with the massive clean up.

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  11. Excellent Tips and we hope and pray the sun stays out in Houston for a very very long time
    Hugs madi your bfff

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    1. We are hoping they have plenty of sun to help dry everything!

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  12. Excellent tips, and we are so happy to see Paisley rolling around in the sunshine! ♥
    Jan & the crew at Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. Her photo made my heart happy! We were so worried about them.

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  13. Excellent advice! We are so glad the sun has come out in Houston! We are keeping all those effected by this disaster in our thoughts!

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    1. Thanks so much! I know Paisley and our granddaughter were so happy to go outside and play!

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  14. You always have such great advice. keeping Texas in our prayers
    hugs
    Hazel & Mabel

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  15. Great tips and advice. We're purring for all those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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    1. I know Houston and the surrounding areas feel the love.

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    1. Thank you so much. It is important things to know when there is water, water everywhere!

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  17. Wonderful and important tips. Thank you for sharing!

    We are purring and praying for all affected by Harvey.

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    1. Thanks! I am glad to see everyone pitching in to help those suffering.

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  18. Wonderful post, Melissa, thank you. We are all praying for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey and we are now praying for the safety of those in Hurricane Irma's path in Florida. I'm worried sick about my sisters, they were unable to get a flight out of Florida. I wanted them to come up here to NY but they can't get out.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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