Hurricane Maria Advice for Pet and Livestock Owners In The Caribbean

Store at least three days of water for your pet, in addition to the water you need for your family (remember an animal can drink more water than usual when under stress). Plus you will need extra water to clean up after your pet.

Hurricane Maria Advice for Pet and Livestock Owners In The Caribbean

Store at least three days of water for your pet, in addition to the water you need for your family (remember an animal can drink more water than usual when under stress). Plus you will need extra water to clean up after your pet.

If it is safe for you to do so, move your animals to higher ground or a designated safe place: Bring a 72 hour supply of suitable food and water. Travel with an emergency kit for your animals (this may include animal identification and records/documents/important contact numbers/first aid).

 If you have no choice but to leave your livestock behind: Before evacuating, and if it is safe for you to do so, move them to higher ground. Leave them enough food and clean water for 72 hours. They will need protection from the elements and shelter. Untie them so they have a chance to escape should floodwaters rise. Tethered or penned animals have no chance in a flood or storm surge. Animals are strong swimmers and untying them gives them a chance to survive. When returning after flood waters have receded, have plenty of fresh water available on your return, check and secure fencing as these may have shifted in the floods.

PREPARE FOR YOUR PET – CHECKLIST: Emergency Survival Items:

Food: Store at least three days of non-perishable pet food (canned or dried) in an airtight, waterproof container (remember the can opener!). Ideally this should be the same food as you normally feed your pet so as to avoid stomach upsets.

Water: Store at least three days of water for your pet, in addition to the water you need for your family (remember an animal can drink more water than usual when under stress). Plus you will need extra water to clean up after your pet.

Medicines: Store any extra supply of medicines your pet needs in a waterproof container, as well as any special dietary needs or supplements.

Veterinary/Medical Records: Store copies of any medical and vaccination records in a watertight container or zip lock bag including your vet’s name and telephone number (in case you have to shelter your pet or place them in foster care).

First Aid Kit: Prepare a first aid kit. Talk to your vet about any specific requirements such as tick/flea prevention, antibiotic ointment and saline solution (i.e. eye wash solution separate from your family use)

Note: This is a message from World Animal Protection. Scott Cantin Head of Disaster Communications (Global) World Animal Protection 90 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 960 Toronto, ON M4P 2Y3 Antigua: +268-728-7879 Phone: +1 416 369 0044 E: scottcantin@worldanimalprotection.org