This has become the most common tick-borne infection in North America. It is serious and if untreated can later (months to years) affect major organ systems including the joints, the nervous system and the heart.
Hurricane season is June 1 through November 30. The Humane Society and FLASH are urging pet owners to ACT NOW to properly prepare pets in the likely case of a hurricane.
Pet Owners have three options in the event of a hurricane:
- Keep your pet with you at a secure, storm-prepared location (Red Cross shelters do not accept pets).
- Take your pet with you to a friends or family members house or to a hotel in a safe zone. This should be prearranged to avoid surprise and confusion.
- Leave your pet with a friend in a safe zone or board it at a veterinary clinic or kennel.
All pet boarding facilities require up-to-date vaccinations and proper identification.
- Update your pets vaccinations.
- Purchase tags and have your pet implanted with a microchip (tags and microchips used together are the most effective way of identifying pets).
- Carry a current picture of you with your pet and its medical records with you at all times.
Following is a list of supplies to have prepared for your pet:
- Portable carrier (large enough for the pet to stand up and turn around in)
- Extra leash and collar
- Extra identification tag
- Pet food at least a two-week supply of dry food in water-tight container or canned food (manual can opener needed)
- Water at least a two-week supply of clean water large dogs need one gallon per day
- Up-to-date health records
- Medications flea and tick preventative and two-month supply of heartworm preventative medication
- Toys and treats
- First aid supplies
- Recent photo of you with your pet