Are You Prepared For Tonight's Blizzard? Here's How To Protect Your Pets!....
With the current predictions of Long Island getting a heavy snow fall starting early Tuesday morning in excess of a foot and blizzard conditions, Little Shelter wants to help you be prepared. Little Shelter would like to offer some helpful information to help keep our friends and their furry loved ones safe.
With better preparedness we can help keep our four legged family members safe from harm. Remember, it's not just about preparing for the storm but the aftermath as well. In the event of being snowed in for a few days, you want to make sure you are well stocked in case delivery trucks and other transports can not access all of Long Island for a couple of days.
Keep your eyes on the weather reports and stay alert to what's going on around you so you do not get caught by surprise.
Here are some ways you can help prepare for a coming Hurricane or tropical storm:
- Have some bottled water for you and your pets in case the pipes freeze, plus at least two weeks worth of pet food.
- Make sure that if your animals are on medication, that you have enough to last at least two weeks.
- Bring any outdoor animals inside, the freezing temperatures expected are lethal for animals and there is a potential for them becoming trapped in the snow.
- If you have to let your dog out, make sure they are on a leash. Small dogs especially can have difficult in heavy snow, clear a path so they can easily walk.
- Check paws after the dog has been outside, use a warm washcloth to remove ice/snow that may be trapped in between toes. Wash paws after walking to remove salt which can be toxic if ingested.
- Keep walks and outside time brief and closely monitored. If your dogs skin turns red, white, or grey and scaly you must contact your vet immediately as they may have frostbite.
- Have extra warm towels and blankets ready just in case you should need them.
- Stock up on batteries and flashlights. If you plan to use candles, make sure the are secured in a place where animals can not knock them over.
- Get a LED collar and put it on your dog or cat. If the power goes out, you will still be able to locate them in the house and when you have to let the dog out, it will help you keep an eye on their location in possible blizzard conditions.