Pet owners prepare for hurricane evacuations

Pet owners prepare for hurricane evacuation
(Source: MGN Online)
(Source: MGN Online)

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Carol Chavanne's cared for animals for fourteen years as a pet sitter and owner of Carole's Caring Touch Pet Sitting.

She's used to taking care of other people's pets, but she also has pets of her own that she took along when she evacuated for hurricane Gustav and Rita.

"We went to Houston and stayed in a hotel with our dogs," said Chavanne.

Veterinarians said preparedness is a must during hurricane season. Pet owners should stock up on supplies, have back up medicine and travel arrangements.

"You also want to make plans ahead of time just like you make reservations for yourself," said Emily Augustine, Office Manager at Reina Veterinary Clinic. "You'll want to make sure accommodations for your pet are made as well," said Emily Augustine, Office Manager at Reina Veterinary Clinic.

Veterinarians also said if your pet has anxiety or car sickness when traveling, getting medicine ahead of time is important.

While Chavanne prefers to get out of town, some pet owners hunker down for the storm.

"You need to have two-week's worth of food for your pet, and drinking water for your pet and make sure they're up to date on their vaccinations," said Augustine.

Chavanne hopes her and her dogs don't have to evacuate any time soon, but just like the rest of the family, they're ready too.

"They are my best friend," said Chavanne. "I just can't imagine not having a dog."

Veterinarians said microchipping your animal is important. The chance of losing an animal increases during major events and a simple microchip can make finding a pet easier.

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