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Protecting Your Pets This Hurricane Season

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - To prepare for hurricane season, The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency says don't forget about having a plan for your pets if you have to evacuate your home.

MEMA Director Robert Latham says in past disasters, here have been numerous residents  that have  made critical decisions based on the welfare of their animals. 

Local veterinarians say there are things you can do to keep yourself and your pets safe. 

"It's very similar to what people need, water is the main thing," Dr. Kirk Frazier said,

veterinarian at All Animal Clinic.  

"You never know what's going to happen," he said.  "You need canned foods or dry foods as well, whatever the pet is use to."

Frazier says don't forget about the heat. If it's too hot for you, chances are it's to hot for your four-legged friend.

"One thing we saw in Hurricane Katrina was that pets who were use to indoors with air conditioning, there were not acclimated to being without some source of cooing,"he said.

Be sure to stay stocked on your pet's medications if they have special needs.

"Try to have a week or two weeks supply stored," he said.

If you have to evacuate, most shelters don't allow animals so you will need to have a plan for your pet.

"With all the preparations you make it seems like nothing ever goes according to plan in a disaster," said Frazier.

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