CHARLESTON, S.C. – As Hurricane Matthew, a category four hurricane, barrels toward the South Carolina coast, experts from PetPace.com, the leading manufacturer of smart collars for pets, want people to be sure their pets, whether sick, old, or completely healthy are protected during this hurricane.
“Extreme weather like hurricanes and tropical storms can worsen quickly and often hit without warning, so it is important to have an emergency plan in place for your entire family, including your pets.” said Dr. Asaf Dagan, the chief veterinarian of PetPace.
When preparing for dealing with a potential natural disaster like Hurricane Matthew, Ready.gov recommends the following tips for pet owners:
- Make sure your pet’s ID tags are up-to-date and securely fastened to your pet’s collar. If possible, attach the address and/or phone number of your evacuation site. If your pet gets lost, their tag is their ticket home. Also talk with your veterinarian about microchipping your pets.
- Make sure you have a current photo of your pet for identification purposes.
- Make a pet emergency kit, which includes an ample supply of food and water, a first-aid kit, any medications your pet has been prescribed, toys, treats, bedding, and sanitation supplies, like plastic bags and litter box supplies.
- Make sure you have a secure pet carrier, leash or harness for your pet so that if they panic, they can’t escape.
- If you are required to evacuate or choose to do so before a mandatory evacuation order is given, make sure where you are planning to take shelter is pet-friendly. For public health reasons, many emergency shelters do not accept pets. If they do, you will more than likely be required to have a copy of your pet’s medical record including vaccination records. Make sure you are aware of what you need, before the storm hits.
“Storms can be extremely stressful and dangerous for the health of our pets,” Dagan said. “Another way to monitor your pet’s health is by using a PetPace collar on your furry friend.”
PetPace’s pet health monitor aims to help pet owners through diligent monitoring before, during and after an emergency. The collar looks out for changes in a pet’s temperature, pulse, respiration, activity and heart rate variability (HRV) among other things, and will send alerts to the owner through a smartphone app if any of these changes become dangerous.
After Hurricane Katrina, the Louisiana SPCA estimates that over 250,000 pets were separated from their owners and approximately 15,000 animals were rescued. The total number of animals who died is unknown, though it is estimated to be in the tens of thousands. PetPace wants to help make sure that pet owners throughout the Jacksonville area do not end up in the same situation.
PetPace was founded in 2012 to bring peace of mind to pet owners and prevent unnecessary pain and suffering for dogs and cats through improved pet health and quality of life. PetPace specializes in the remote continuous monitoring of pet vital signs by utilizing advanced analytical methods and alerting models. The company’s low power, wireless collar is fitted with an array of non-invasive sensors that continuously monitor a range of physiological and behavioral parameters. Once an abnormal sign or behavior is detected, a sophisticated cloud-based analytical engine evaluates the signs and, if needed, sends an immediate alert regarding any suspected condition. This allows the owner or the veterinarian to take preemptive action to protect the pet’s health. PetPace collars are suitable for pets at all ages, especially for older pets, sick pets, or pets that may have a higher predisposition to various health risks.