Protecting Your Pets This Hurricane Season - WHLT 22 Connecting the Pine Belt

Protecting Your Pets This Hurricane Season

Posted: Updated:

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.

  • Protecting You Pets This Hurricane SeasonMore>>

  • Donesha Aldridge

    Donesha Aldridge

    I am a Digital Journalist here at WHLT. My earliest dreams about becoming a reporter started at 4-years-old. I can remember growing up as a child pretending to be an anchor and making my younger brother
    Donesha Aldridge's earliest dreams about becoming a reporter started at 4-years-old. She remembers growing up as a child pretending to be an anchor and making her younger brother
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Lamar County Drug Suspects Jailed

    Lamar County Drug Suspects Jailed

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 1:15 PM EDT2014-04-15 17:15:47 GMT
    LAMAR COUNTY, Miss. - Five people in Lamar County sit behind bars facing drug charges. The offenders are Mark McMahon, Charles Sasser, Terry Riley, Wendell Whiddon, and Stephen Nelson. None of the arrests
    LAMAR COUNTY, Miss. - Five people in Lamar County sit behind bars facing drug charges. The offenders are Mark McMahon, Charles Sasser, Terry Riley, Wendell Whiddon, and Stephen Nelson. None of the arrests
  • Thursday Sports Recap: Pine Belt Signings & So. Miss Baseball

    Thursday Sports Recap: Pine Belt Signings & So. Miss Baseball

    Thursday, April 17 2014 8:06 PM EDT2014-04-18 00:06:41 GMT
    Thursday was a busy day for sports around the Pine Belt, as Johnny Zuppardo and Caitlyn Spane of Jones County Junior College have already signed National Letters of Intent to play basketball with Mississippi
    Thursday was a busy day for sports around the Pine Belt, as Johnny Zuppardo and Caitlyn Spane of Jones County Junior College have already signed National Letters of Intent to play basketball with Mississippi
  • Columbia Doctor Charged With Attempted Rape

    Columbia Doctor Charged With Attempted Rape

    Friday, March 28 2014 7:01 PM EDT2014-03-28 23:01:59 GMT
    Martins Ugwu-DikeMartins Ugwu-Dike
    COLUMBIA, Miss. - A Columbia doctor appears in Marion County Justice Court Friday, after police say he allegedly attempted to sexually assault one of his employees. Dr. Martins Ugwu-Dike is charged with
    COLUMBIA, Miss. - A Columbia doctor appears in Marion County Justice Court Friday, after police say he allegedly attempted to sexually assault one of his employees. Dr. Martins Ugwu-Dike is charged with
Powered by WorldNow

5912 Hwy. 49, Ste. A
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Telephone: 601.545.2077
Fax: 601.545.3589
Email: newsroom@whlt.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.