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Hurricanes and Greyhounds

Dear Friends of Friends of Greyhounds – –

I am skeptical about the impending hurricane but I have been in Florida long enough to know that if you don’t prepare, it will come! I know you all have a lot to do so let me quickly remind you about your pets – –

  • Be sure each animal has Identification in the form of an address tag. Not just a county license as the county records may not be accessable. You want address and cell numbers on your critters. If you don’t have a tag, get one made (pet supply stores like Pet Supermarket, Petco & Petsmart or some hardware stores have vending machines). If that doesn’t work for you, use masking tape on the collar.

  • Take current clear pictures of each animal. You want a picture of full body and one clear one of the face. If the dog has spots, take photos of both sides. Keep them in your phone, post on your facebook or print a couple copies now while you can. The idea is to have a recent photo ready if the dog gets lost and you need to make signs. Or if someone picks up your dog and you have to “prove” he’s yours! Tattoo numbers are great proof of our greyhounds, too.

  • Lay in extra dog food and water just in case. The dog is fine with tap water set aside in milk jugs or plastic bucket or fill the bathtub. He doesn’t need bottled water.

  • Some dogs are soothed by Thundercoats but often the same effect can be acheived by using a regular dog coat cinched in snuggly or even wrap a bath towel around the dogs middle and anchor it in place with masking or packing tape. You want it to be a “firm hug” – not a choke hold!!

  • Have an extra leash and collar and find your squawker just in case.

  • You might want to put cats in their carriers or in a dog crate. They are known for working their way into crazy and dangerous places when storms approach.

  • Refill any prescription meds just like you would for the humans in the household.

  • Booties are handy if the dog has to walk through debris afterwards like pieces of your neighbors’ roof in your backyard. (unlikely – but if you have a set, know where they are.)

  • Highly stressed dogs may be helped with Benadryl or over the counter anti-allergy pills. Give them one at a time. Give the first dose before the dog gets totally freaked out if you can. Wait a half hour and see if he or she stays calm or even goes to sleep. If not, two is okay for greyhound size. Not sure about dosage? Give your vet a call now and ask. A large stressed dog may even need three to take the edge off. Benadryl wears off quicker and doesn’t leave a hangover like prescription tranquilizers do. Napping through the storm is good but DON”T knock your dog totally out if you may have to evacuate. You’ll want your dog walking!!

  • If I can help, call me. Phone numbers are below.

Again, I believe all of this is probably overkill but these are simple ideas to implement and could mean a lot to your pets. We’ve got some time yet so let’s be safe. It’s good to know you are prepared when the winds are whipping.

Love, Peace & Greyhounds,
Michelle, Jerry and all the hounds!
House- 954-578-0072
M’s Cell – 954-937-9663
J’s Cell – 954-937-3647
Friends of Greyhounds