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Keeping your pets safe during hurricanes

Hurricane season has begun and while it's important to take care of yourself and your family in case a storm hits, you pets need extra care.

Hurricane season has begun and while it's important to take care of yourself and your family in case a storm hits, your pets need extra care.

Beverly Ticer Loftus is a dog owner who has a plan for her pug, Pugsy.

"Making sure the dogs have whatever medication they need, food, water, supplies. Anything that you'd use for yourself, you want to make sure you have that for your dog as well," Loftus said.

Animal shelters and clinics highly recommend microchipping pets, along with keeping updated medical information.

"So what the microchip does is it allows the official to scan the back of the dog, pick up the number and that way they're able to contact you with all your information that's registered to the chip," Veterinarian Sarrah Cisneros said.

Another vet who spoke with CBS 4 over the phone explained it's good to play low-level thunderstorm sounds, just so pets can get used to it.

She said it can ease animals’ anxiety when a storm does come.

Other tips include:

  • Veterinarians and animal shelters need your pet's medical records to be sure all vaccinations are up-to-date
  • Contacting local emergency management offices to get advice and information
  • Locate a vet in the area you’re sheltering in
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