A veterinarian has suggestions for helping your pet post storm.
Dr. Alexis Bogosian, one of the veterinarians at Tomoka Pines Veterinary Hospital, has been walking her dogs more since Hurricane Irma. The storm blew down her fence, so the pups no longer can run loose outside.
Bogosian recommends checking yards before letting dogs back out, not only for security but for debris, and displaced wildlife.
“We had one dog come in with a deep cut on his shoulder,” Bogosian said. “He cut himself on something sharp that was out in the debris. Look around for anything sharp.”
Bogosian said she had also found a turtle in her backyard, something odd, since she doesn’t live near water.
Stress varies among dogs, just as with people. Some take the storm in stride others experience anxiety. Symptoms of stress to watch for include heavy panting, pacing and anxious behavior.
“Dogs that are prone to anxiety-type behavior may take longer to adjust,” Bogosian said. “We have had owners call to refill the dog’s anxiety medicine.”
Including your pets in your evacuation plans, before a storm, will also reduce stress on you and your pets. Bogosian said there are always options, friends out of the evacuation zone, and taking them with the family. During Irma hotels were allowing people with pets, and additional shelters were opened for people and pets.
“Pets are like kids,” Bogosian said. “Get back to a normal routine as soon as possible, even if it’s just returning to normal feeding times.”