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#1 Kurt

 

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        Posted 26 August 2011 - 03:40 AM

As you know we are at the beginning of hurricane season in the United States. These are dangerous storms. While the major news outlets are informing the general public how to prepare themselves for this storm, little is said about how to prepare your pet for the storm.

Here are some tips:

Make sure you calculate your dogs water needs when you are stocking up on water. Your water system may go out or the water may not be safe to drink for a week or so during or after the storm so you will need an alternate supply of water for your family and your dog.

Make sure you have at least 10 days worth of dog food on hand for your dog. Place it in a container where is will remain dry even if your home floods.

Make sure your dog has a collar and a leash. Make sure your dog has a name tag on its collar that has your name, address and cell phone number. If you dog does not have a name tag, you can quickly obtain one at most pet food stores from a vending machine that engraves it on the spot. These normally cost about $7.00. After a hurricane shelters are inundated with dogs that have no ID on them and there is little chance you'll get your dog back if it has no ID on it.

During the storm. Keep your dog inside the house with you. It is too dangerous to leave your dog outdoors. Keep your dog on its leash during the storm in case you have to move quickly. You don't have to constantly hold on to the leash, but it's easier to grab if a tree falls on your house and you have to move to another room and it also prevents a fearful dog from running away from you.

Your dog may act strangely during the storm. If you dog hides out under a coffee table or goes in a closet, leave him there. The low barometric pressure may cause some ear pain for your dog. Do not under any circumstances go under the table with the dog! He may bite out of fear or pain. It's best to just leave them where they are until the storm subsides.

After the storm. You should take your dog outside for potty. Do not let your dog run loose in your neighborhood. There may be downed power lines and snakes around. An encounter with any of these could be deadly for your dog. And after a hurricane I can guarantee you those snakes will not be happy to see anyone!

Do not let your dog go swimming in any flood water. The water usually has sewerage in it and there may be underwater obstacles that could snag your dogs collar or leash. Plus there may be strong currents which could wash your dog away from you.

If anyone else has any tips they would like to add please feel free to do so. And may everyone be safe and sound this hurricane season.



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        Posted 26 August 2011 - 03:50 AM

During Hurricane Ike here in Houston I observed some strange behavior out of two of my dogs during the storm. After an hour or two after the storm began our dog Buddy hid out under our large coffee table. A few hours later I looked under the table and he growled at me. Buddy has never done that before. A little while later he was still under there and I put my hand under the table to pet him and he snapped at me. It was an intentional miss on his part, but he was letting me know in no certain terms that he didn't want to be bothered. Brandy, our older lab stuck her head under the table to see what Buddy was doing and he did the same thing to her. I did notice that the barometric pressure was at its lowest point during the storm when this was happening.

Poor Buddy spent 12 hours under that table. We didn't bother him again. After the storm had passed and the sun was out again, he came out from under that table happy to see us! He acted like we had left him and just returned.
He never has growled at us or snapped at us ever again. I asked our vet about this and she concurred that the low air pressure may have caused him some pretty bad ear pain, she also heard similar stories from other people.

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        Posted 28 August 2011 - 03:26 PM

So glad we live in England, even though we moan about the weather, there are so many get it much worse. Hope you all are OK.




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