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Storm sign

At Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, we are optimistically scheduling patient appointments for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday this week (Sept. 5-7).

However, if Hurricane Dorian arrives on our shores, we will close for safety’s sake, until the storm has passed and we have determined the building and its contents are ready for action.

We will make every effort to reschedule our Thursday, Friday, and Saturday patients, if our clinic must close due to the storm.

Please be aware that some vaccines and medications may be in short supply, due to shipping restrictions and business closings during rough weather. We will notify you if your pet’s appointment will be affected by shortages.

Read our post with links on Disaster Planning here.

Read our posts with links on storm stress in pets here and here.

 

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We’re in for nasty weather this weekend — bad enough that many Neptune Festival events have been cancelled

So this is an apt time for us to remind you about storm and disaster planning. As a pet owner, you have an extra set of responsibilities, which require extra thought and preparation.

Here’s a guide to get you started:

1. If evacuating, determine whether you can safely and reasonably bring pets with you.
If yes – be certain the intended storm shelter, hotel, or other destination will accept pets.
If no – find out which local animal shelters and boarding kennels will accept pets during the storm.

2. Gather all paperwork showing that your pet is up-to-date on its vaccinations, whether your pet stays home or heads for higher ground.
If the vaccines are expired, now is a good time to renew them.

3. Stock up on your pet’s medications. In the case of evacuation, you may need two weeks’ to one month’s worth of medications on hand.

4. Transfer your pet’s food to a sturdy, water-proof container, to prevent spoilage.

5. When buying gallon water jugs for the family, figure in each pet as one more family member and purchase water accordingly.

6. Gather collars or harnesses, tags, leashes or pet carriers for easy access during evacuation.

7. Animals with storm anxiety may need extra care; those that tend to run or hide may be more safely kept in a roomy pet crate during the storm.

8. A permanent microchip ID, such as HomeAgain, is the best bet for reuniting pets and families that may become separated during the storm.

9. Pick up your copy of “Saving the Whole Family”available at our office for $2. The booklet has tips for owners of dogs, cats, reptiles, horses, and other pets. You’ll also find complete guides to building first-aid kits and evacuation kits. Get yours today!

Saving the Whole Family

Pick up a booklet today, for just $2. Available at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic.

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This post appeared on August 22, 2012.

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