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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

More Hurricane Info

Thanks to Patricia for bringing the following link to my attention: FloridaPets.net. There's a pet-friendly shelter guide and more tips on getting your critters safely through the storm.

And this from Yvonne Conza of Woof Patrol, the Miami Beach group that proved dog walkers could be depended on to clean up after their pets, thus keeping the beachwalk pet-friendly.

The City of Miami Beach is taking very proactive pet measures to ensure the safety and protection of animals. During a hurricane, we’ve all come to understand the realities that pets have become stranded, lost and/or injured.

24 Hour Emergency Animal Care

Knowles Animal Clinics with two locations: CENTRAL, 1000 N.W. 27th Ave., 305-649-1234, and SNAPPER CREEK, 9922 Sunset Dr. 305-279-2323.

NOTE: If an injured animal is brought in, Knowles will treat the injuries, stabilize the animal, then contact Animal Services. Their first priority is to save the life of the animal.

Aussie Animal Hospital has the same policy. They're located at 453 West 41st St., Miami Beach. 305-535-4695. The likelihood is that all veterinary clinics follow the same guidelines.

She included the ASPCA's disaster preparedness tips for pets:

- Stock 3-7 days' worth of canned (pop-top) or dry food (be sure to rotate every two months)
- Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are perfect)
- Litter or paper toweling
- Liquid dish soap and disinfectant
- Disposable garbage bags for clean-up
- Pet feeding dishes
- Extra harness and leash (Note: harnesses are recommended for safety and security)
- Photocopies of medical records and a waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires (Remember, food and medications need to be rotated out of your emergency kit—otherwise they may go bad or become useless.)
- Bottled water, at least 7 days' worth for each person and pet (store in a cool, dry place and replace every two months)
- A traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier, ideally one for each pet
- Flashlight
- Blanket (for scooping up a fearful pet)
- Recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated and need to make "Lost" posters)
- Especially for cats: Pillowcase or EvackSack, toys, scoopable litter
- Especially for dogs: Long leash and yard stake, toys and chew toys, a week's worth of cage liner.

FINAL NOTE from Yvonne: On Aug. 27, Pomo, WOOF Patrol mascot and adoring Shih Tzu, ended up on the wrong side of a red ant or some other insect. His face swelled up and the concern was that the breathing passages would be compromised or worse. Calls were made and Patroller Francine Segal jumped into action prepared with Benadryl, blankets, water and calming influence on dog parents that were hysterical. Please note the Benadyl in our home was expired and we did not have a pet first-aid kit. At midnight we arrived at the Knowles 24-hour clinic and we returned home at 3:30am. Pomo was given a steroid and antihistamine shot. Our experience with the Knowles Clinic was pawsitive. Big thanks always to hero and pet champion Francine Segal.

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