(OCEAN VIEW, Del.) – In wake of Winter Storm Riley, pet owners are being reminded to plan ahead for emergencies.
“I think it’s always last minute, like ‘Oh, we got to get this together,’ or ‘Oh, we got to go someplace,’ so yeah, I don’t think families plan enough,” explained Dr. John Maniatty of Precious Paws Animal Hospital in Ocean View.
Dr. Maniatty says a good emergency plan should include the following items:
A list of pet-friendly hotels
3-5 days’ worth of food, water and medications
Stress relievers, such as toys and blankets
“Just like we’re stressed, they’re going to be stressed,” said Dr. Maniatty. “They’re going to need an outlet to relieve that stress. And also if you’re going to a hotel or something like that you’re going to be in a confined area, so they’re not going to be able to run around or pace or do all the things that they’re used to doing at home.”
Dr. Maniatty also says calming collars and medications are good for pets with high anxiety.
“Always plan ahead. Make a checklist. It’s easy. Just write out simple things, then you can make sure, ‘ok, I checked this off, checked that off, checked that off,’ before you leave the house and make sure you have everything, and that way you won’t be caught behind.”