BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Most people make sure they have the essentials when a hurricane is headed our way, but don't forget to make sure your four-legged family members are prepared too.
Local veterinarians want pet owners to start preparing right now, so they can be sure to have a game plan before it's too late.
"You have to prepare for your babies as you would prepare for your infants," said Dr. Rob Braquet.
Dr. Rob Braquet loves animals. That's why he chose to be a vet.
But he said this hurricane season, he wants pet owners to learn from the past and make sure they protect their furry little family members.
"We learned that we can't have our pets being an afterthought. We don't have that luxury anymore. They're our babies," said Braquet.
So first things first...
"First of all, we always recommend that every pet is microchipped," Braquet said. "So microchipping the pet will allow you to better or quicker get that animal back or become reunited with your animal."
Then while you're getting your emergency bag together, make sure your pets have one too.
"Five to seven days worth of food and water, if you're pets on any medication you should have at least a week or two weeks of that medication in advance," Braquet said.
Don't forget the toys!
"Make sure that you have toys and bedding, and all those things the try and relieve the stress on the pet," Braquet said.
Dr. Braquet said when travelling with your pets have their crate or kennel on-hand.
"Animals should have the crate, and if you have a number of animals, you really need to make sure that they're crated to keep them from getting out and getting hurt, and also so you can save yourself is you need to," Braquet explained.
Dr. Braquet also suggests to make sure you scope out pet-friendly shelters ahead of time.
"So you're going to have to find those places or hotels that are pet-friendly," Braquet said. "You have to find those places in advance because you don't want to be left holding a bag."
Because if disaster strikes you want to be left holding your pet.
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