Families often are traveling with their pets in the middle of the summer – a time of year that coincides with hurricane season. This means we need to be prepared for unplanned trips as well as those that are preplanned.

Packing for your pet will differ depending on whether you have a small- or large-breed dog or cat, where you are staying en route, and your final destination.

Plan ahead if you need to stay in a pet friendly hotel, since rules vary as to type of pet and size as well. You might need to provide a kennel or crate to secure the pet inside the room. Depending on the location of your destination, an enclosed container might also be necessary.

Knowing your pet’s behavior in terms of unwanted noise, you might need additional equipment. For instance, an automatic bark collar might not be necessary at home, but might be a requirement on the road.

Here are some suggestions for your travel and hurricane preparedness list:

  • Leash, collar or tight-fitting harness
  • Crate or kennel (collapsible for smaller dogs or cats), plus cover if necessary
  • ID tag on pet, including owner’s cell number
  • Vet records, including all vaccines and rabies certificate – not just the tag (additional vaccines required if you are going to board somewhere away from home)
  • Heartworm, flea and tick meds, other prescribed medications
  • Eye and ear cleaner
  • Allergy remedies
  • First aid kit (wound cleanser, tape, small scissors, tweezers, tick remover, topical antibiotic, anti-itch spray, oral Benadryl, Dramamine, hydrogen peroxide, gauze pads)
  • Filtered water
  • Dog and-or cat food
  • Can opener and can cover
  • Collapsible water bowls and food dishes
  • Cold pack container for opened food
  • Treats, especially long-lasting ones to keep pet occupied
  • Toys
  • Pet urine and cleanup spray
  • Towels and paper towels
  • Waste bags
  • Calming aids, Thundershirt, sprays or pheromone collar
  • Probiotics
  • Potty pads
  • Waterless shampoo or wipes
  • Brush or comb
  • Bed or throw
  • Seat cover or hammock for car
  • Sunscreen, Doggles, booties for certain dogs and terrain
  • ASPCA poison hotline number
  • List of emergency vet clinics en route and at your final destination

If you are traveling with your pet, most of the above could be necessary. If you need to evacuate, a well thought out plan will save anxiety later.

Stay safe!

Abby Bird is owner of Alpha Dog Obedience Training. ajbird@hargray.com