Tips for Taking the Stress out of Evacuating or Traveling with your Pets!

Travelling or evacuating with pets can be a daunting task, but with proper preparation and care, it can become a smoother experience for both you and your furry companions. To make the journey stress-free for your pets, it is important to take certain steps beforehand.

Firstly, ensure that your pets get enough exercise and are socialized. Pets that are not used to being out of their homes can become frightened and anxious during travel. Practice taking them for short car rides so they can get used to the car and feel safe, and make sure they are comfortable walking on a leash. This will help them feel more relaxed and calm during the journey.

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Our pets are den animals and usually prefer small spaces to curl up in. Crate training can be your pet’s safe space no matter where you have to go. A crate serves as their own personal den, which can help reduce anxiety and make them feel secure. Never use a crate as punishment and supply the crate with their bedding or even a shirt that has your scent on it.

One thing to know, is if you have to go to a shelter during an evacuation. Your pet will most likely be housed in a different location than where you will be able to stay. Keep that in mind when implementing these tips.

Lastly, if your pet has high anxiety, consulting with your veterinarian for anti-anxiety medications can also help ease their stress during travel and evacuation. Your vet can advise you on the best medication for your pet and provide you with helpful tips to ensure a safe and calm journey.

By following these steps, you can help make travelling or evacuating with your pets less stressful and more manageable. Remember to always prioritize the safety and comfort of your furry companions.

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