Monday, July 15, 2013

Monday Medical: Summer Pet Safety Part 1

NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, issued their 2013 forecast for hurricane season in the northern hemisphere - and it's an active one. They're predicting up to 20 storms deserving of a name, up to 11 of which will develop into actual hurricanes.

The scary news is they predict 3-6 of these hurricanes will be what they label "major" - a Catergory 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. This prediction is above the norm for this year.

And although last month's Tropical Storm Andrea thankfully didn't claim any lives (that we heard of) it did spawn ten associated tornadoes and dump over a foot of rain in some spots. So even tropical storms are worth having an evacuation plan!

That's why we thought the Petfinder's Summer Infographic series was worth passing along to you.
We especially like the subtitle of this one:


We also feel this reinforces last Monday's post about the importance of microchipping. You cannot predict when tragedy might strike, and microchip databases are fantastic places to input important veterinary and medical information, too.


Personally, we think these would make great posters for shelters, as well as library and pet store bulletin boards along the coasts and in places most commonly in the path of hurricanes. If you are in such a location, why not suggest these?


  1. I think those posters are pawsome and hope that many pet owners read them !
    Here in Sweden we don´t have any hurricanes and storms deserving a name isn´t furry usual either.

  2. great info....I know there are some phone apps out there that will hold vet info - not a bad thing to have either I would think

  3. We hope everyone stays safe. Lucky we have nothing like that over here. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  4. Every few days Mommy logs onto the nhc.noaa site just to see if anything is brewing. Thank goodness right now all seems calm. But it is a long hurricane season. The last two that came here were August 2011 and October 2012 so we have a ways to go with the season.

  5. Hurricane season is very scary. We remember reading on Brian's blog on their emergency kit and liked especially their idea of storing their photos and important medical information in a flash drive. That's especially useful when there are many pets. :)

  6. We see this information a lot here...During warnings and alerts the broadcasters always remind folks about how best to care for their pets and we finally have a few pet-friendly shelters...but nowhere near enough

  7. Great info. We live where it is pretty safe from those storms and are insiders but you always need to be ready

  8. Thank you for this great advice. Isn't posted enough in those affected areas, we think. Why wouldn't humans take their pets with them, we ask all the time. Great information! Purrs...

  9. We hope those affected by hurricane and storm areas are vigilant about ensuring their pets will be safe. Here in Vancouver, we worry about earthquakes! That is why all our pets are microchipped even the cats who don't go outdoors!

    the critters in the cottage xo

  10. Good reminder. You can never be too prepared, especially in hurricane season!

  11. Good info! And we agree, these posters should be in shelters and vet clinics and any place where there are animals. :)

  12. Great idea. I count myself so lucky that we do not get hurricanes here!


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