Over the years, Bayleaf has experienced just about every weather emergency; 20+ inches of snow, ice storms, and Hurricane Fran. Because we always have animals in the hospital and kennel, the doctors and staff have to be prepared. The hospital is equipped with a generator that runs on natural gas and can be used to power all essential functions of the hospital. We must have power to pump water from our well and we have to be able to keep phones, lights, computers, etc. up and running. If your pets are with us during a weather emergency, you can rest assured that they will be well cared for.
However, at home there are things that every pet owner should consider when faced with a potential weather emergency. Are you prepared? We recommend that you prepare an emergency kit for your pets. Keep in mind, many shelters will not admit pets. Be sure that you have at least a one week supply of any medication that your pet requires. Be sure to have food and water packaged and ready to travel along with leashes and collars. A travel kennel can also be helpful. For cats, prepare an extra litter box to travel.
Many pets experience severe anxiety (storm phobia) during weather events and would benefit greatly from anti-anxiety medication. There are medications that can be used for immediate relief, but we can also recommend treatments that may help you pet overcome storm phobias over a period of time.
If you have to leave your home and need to board your pet, call us. We will be happy to help.