News from Our Florida Veterinary Hospital

Puppy recovering from rare life threatening tetanus

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Frank, a four-month-old German shorthaired pointer puppy, is recovering at home after a two-week hospitalization in the intensive care unit at Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists, due to a rare infection called tetanus toxemia.

Frank’s owner, Alan Bowman, first noticed something wrong with his beloved pet earlier this month when Frank’s appetite suddenly disappeared and he began displaying signs of stiffness with his head. After a visit to his primary care veterinarian, Frank was referred to LVS on Apr. 5.  

“Upon arrival, the patient was displaying symptoms of severe muscle tension throughout his head and limbs,” said Dr. Lynel J. Tocci, a board-certified specialist in veterinary emergency and critical care. “Canines typically have a high resistance to clostridium tetani bacteria, which emits toxins that cause tetanus, making it extremely rare. The disease can cause long-term muscular issues and even death if not properly treated.”

To treat Frank’s worsening infection, doctors from LVS administered a special equine anti-toxin, daily doses of muscle relaxants and provided him with around-the-clock nursing care to treat his symptoms.

“Frank would have died if his general practitioner hadn’t suspected the disease and recommended immediate emergency care,” said Tocci. “This just goes to show how important it is for pet owners to schedule regular checkups with their primary care veterinarian and notify them if they believe their pet has any sign of illness.”

As part of the recovery process Frank will undergo an additional three weeks of physical therapy sessions and is on a special diet. Fortunately, Frank will be able to receive his rehab treatment at LVS’s state-of-the-art rehabilitation facility for pets.  

“Frank is feeling much better and I am so thankful to have him home,” said Bowman. “Everybody at Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists is knowledgeable and very kind. It is amazing resource if you have a sick dog or sick animal.”

About Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists
Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists is a 24-hour veterinary emergency, critical care, referral hospital and imaging center serving Broward, Palm Beach and Miami Dade counties. Their services include: emergency, critical care, internal medicine, neurosurgery, neurology, ultrasound, CT-scan, digital radiography, bereavement counseling, physical therapy, rehabilitation, as well as, soft tissue, orthopedic and reconstructive surgery. LVS can be reached at 954.641.1100 and is located at 3217 NW 10th Terrace, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309.

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Veterinarians working to save life of severely neglected dog

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Doctors from Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists, a specialty and emergency hospital for pets in Fort Lauderdale, are treating a mixed-breed puppy for severe mange and emaciation, after he was rescued by team members from 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida Rescue.

The dog, named Patterson by rescuers, was found on Miramar Parkway on Saturday after several tips were reported via social media. Rescuers rushed Patterson to Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists, where he immediately began receiving emergency care.

Upon arrival, doctors assessed that Patterson was suffering from severe mange, which is covering approximately 90 percent of his body, and has left him covered with sores, scabs and sloughing skin. Patterson’s condition is so severe that he is unable to normally regulate his body temperature and blood sugar levels.

“This is truly the definition of total abandonment and neglect,” said Amy Roman, president and founder of 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida Rescue. “We’re just thankful some people took notice, contacted us and that we were able to get him the help he needs.”

Patterson is currently in Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists’ intensive care unit. Doctors are treating him with IV fluids, antibiotics, canine albumin, which is a special blood product carried by limited specialty practices for the treatment of severe wounds, and also providing treatment for pain management.

As Patterson’s story has spread, people have donated to help with his care, and Jazz Medical, a specialty veterinary medical supply company, reached out to Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists on Monday to let them know they are sending a care package with a supply of their advanced wound care products to help Patterson.

“At this time, Patterson’s prognosis is guarded, however we are hopeful that he will make a full recovery,” said Dr. Lynel J. Tocci, a board-certified specialist in veterinary emergency and critical care. “Additionally, we are moved by the generosity of the community and their assistance in helping Patterson take these first steps towards recovery.                                                                              

According to their website, the 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has helped to rescue more than 3,300 animals in South Florida. 

People interested in donating to Patterson’s care can do so by visiting: http://100plusabandoneddogsofevergladesflorida.org/

About Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists
Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists is a 24-hour veterinary emergency, critical care, referral hospital and imaging center serving Broward, Palm Beach and Miami Dade counties. Their services include: emergency, critical care, internal medicine, neurosurgery, neurology, ultrasound, CT-scan, digital radiography, bereavement counseling, physical therapy, rehabilitation, as well as, soft tissue, orthopedic and reconstructive surgery. LVS can be reached at 954.641.1100 and is located at 3217 NW 10th Terrace, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309.

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Don’t forget your pet’s heart health this Valentine’s Day

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – With Valentine’s Day happening Tuesday, and February dedicated as American Heart Month, doctors from Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists, a specialty and emergency hospital for pets in Fort Lauderdale, are helping to spread awareness about heart health for our furry friends.

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S. for people, accounting for more than 30 percent of deaths. Additionally, many pet owners are unaware of the risks their pets face for developing heart disease and how to identify it.

An estimated 10 percent of dogs will develop some form of cardiovascular disease, while the number of cats developing heart disease is unknown. Symptoms of heart disease in dogs typically include trouble breathing, lagging energy, discomfort, chronic cough and collapse. Cats suffering from cardiovascular disease may become abnormally lethargic, have difficulty breathing or suddenly lose mobility in their hind legs.

If a cat or dog begins to exhibit symptoms like these, it is critical to immediately consult a veterinarian as soon as possible. 

“Scheduling regular checkups with your pet’s veterinarian is the best way to identify cardiovascular diseases before conditions worsen or become fatal,” said Dr. Ira Zaslow, a board-certified specialist in veterinary emergency and critical care medicine and medical director of LVS. “While exercise and proper diet are essential for overall pet health, these lifestyle choices do not necessarily prevent heart disease. If your pet does develop heart disease, your veterinarian can refer you to a veterinary internal medicine specialist or cardiologist that can help to treat the problems your pet may be experiencing.”

Additionally, while many people celebrate Valentine’s Day by giving chocolate as a gift to their loved ones, veterinarians from LVS are reminding pet owners that chocolate is toxic to dogs and cats. Chocolate should always be kept far out of reach from pets.

For more information about Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists, visit http://www.lauderdalevets.com or call 954.641.1100.

About Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists

Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists is a 24-hour veterinary emergency, critical care, referral hospital and imaging center serving Broward, Palm Beach and Miami Dade counties. Their services include: emergency, critical care, internal medicine, neurosurgery, neurology, ultrasound, CT-scan, digital radiography, bereavement counseling, physical therapy, rehabilitation, as well as, soft tissue, orthopedic and reconstructive surgery. LVS can be reached at 954.641.1100 and is located at 3217 NW 10th Terrace, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309.

 

Local veterinarians provide pet safety playbook for Super Bowl festivities

Dog football super bowl safetyFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Super Bowl 51 kicks off on Sunday night, and with millions planning get-togethers for the big game, doctors from Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists are warning pet owners about potential dangers to pets.

Unsecured foods, crowded rooms and constantly opening doors are all hazards to a pet’s health, and pet owners should have a defensive game plan for the night.

Experts from Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists are urging pet owners to make the following plays to prevent their pet from harm:

  • Avoid food fumbles- Items like chicken wings, fatty meats, chocolate, alcohol, sodas, guacamole, trail mix, dairy products, chips and dip are all common at Super Bowl parties and if consumed can have major consequences for pets. Many of these foods are toxic to pets and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, pancreatitis, bloating and even death. Pet owners should keep all food and beverages out of reach from prying pets and inform guests to watch their snacks.
  • Don’t let your pet blitz doors- Opening and closing external doors for guests increases the likelihood of a family pet getting outside, and increases the risk of an emergency, like being hit by a vehicle. If possible, take extra precaution to keep pets away from entry areas and ensure your pets are always wearing proper identification and have your pet microchipped. This dramatically increases the chances they will be returned if lost.
  • Check the field conditions- Hosting guests can greatly increase the chance of an accidental injury to pets. It is not uncommon for excited or confused pets to get stepped on or be injured by common household items. Reclining furniture, rocking chairs and temporary folding seating can all pose a major danger to unfortunate pets. Pet owners can reduce their pet’s injury risk dramatically by removing dangerous objects from party areas or simply keeping their pets in a separate, safe area.
  • Don’t get sacked- Most pet owners are unaware just how dangerous chip bags and similar food wrappers can be to their pets. These airtight bags can easily slip over a snacking pet’s head superbowl 51and constrict when the pet inhales, in some cases leaving a peat dead in under five minutes. An easy solution to reduce this household risk is serving snacks, like chips, in a bowl or cutting bags at the top and one side.
  • Talk Trash- Opportunistic pets can track down leftover food sitting on a counter or deposited into a trash can. Items like discarded bones, food wrappers, bags and paper products can seem like food to a hungry cat or dog. Chicken wings, BBQ ribs and other bones are especially dangerous because they can splinter, block airways, perforate the intestine, and lodge in digestive tracts. Pet owners must always make sure all trash is secured in a covered, tightly secured trash bag placed in a closed trash container. Additionally, make sure to warn guests to not leave trash out and to never give pets leftover bones.

“We hope these tips will help pet owners keep their pets safe during the big game and year round,” said Dr. Ira Zaslow, a board-certified specialist in veterinary emergency and critical care and medical director of Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists. “While these tips can be implemented to keep pets safe during Super Bowl celebrations, it is always our recommendation to keep pets in a closed off, safe room in your home. Doing this is the best way to prevent a party disaster and reduce the level of stress on your pet.”

Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists staff members are prepared for an increase in Super Bowl related pet emergencies this upcoming weekend and are available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.

About Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists

Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists is a 24-hour veterinary emergency, critical care, referral hospital and imaging center serving Broward, Palm Beach and Miami Dade counties. Their services include: emergency, critical care, internal medicine, neurosurgery, neurology, ultrasound, CT-scan, digital radiography, bereavement counseling, physical therapy, rehabilitation, as well as, soft tissue, orthopedic and reconstructive surgery. LVS can be reached at 954.641.1100 and is located at 3217 NW 10th Terrace, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309.

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A big thanks to Dr. Carolyn Luther and Hill’s Pet Nutrition for the generous donation of dog food and treats given to the 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida

fullsizerenderChristmas came early this year when Dr. Carolyn Luther and Hill’s Pet Nutrition brought more than 50 bags of dog food and treats to Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists to be given to the 100+ Abandoned Dogs of the Everglades img_2308Florida Rescue, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which helps dogs throughout south Florida.

For more information about 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida, click here. 

Navy Seal’s service dog recovers in ICU thanks to neighbors, doctors, charity

img_0403FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Doctors from Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists, a specialty and emergency hospital for pets in Fort Lauderdale, are treating Maggie, an eight year old Labrador retriever, after she was hit and dragged several feet by a truck on Tuesday.

John Brophy, a retired Navy Seal was visiting friends on a Las Olas Isle with Maggie, a former service dog.  While outside with his friend, a speeding truck struck Maggie, causing extensive damage to her left hind limb.

Brophy and a nearby neighbor, an off duty emergency room nurse, quickly sprang into action and rushed Maggie to Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists, where veterinarians have been treating her injuries since.

Upon arrival to the intensive care unit at LVS, doctors discovered that Maggie was in hypovolemic shock and had sustained severe injury to her left hind limb with multiple bone fractures exposed. Emergency clinicians quickly administered fluids to stabilize her vitals and a mixture of pain medications to control her intense pain. With Maggie beginning to stabilize doctors cleaned and bandaged her leg, which required amputation surgery the following day.

“When Maggie arrived she was in severe shock and an immense amount of pain,” said Dr. Jenessa Grau, a doctor of veterinary medicine and emergency clinician at LVS. “Her back left leg was significantly damaged and even showed img_0430missing bones in x-rays.”

With Maggie still recovering in the ICU, Brophy was faced with the daunting task of paying for his pet’s climbing bills. LVS gives a discount to military members and first responders, however Maggie’s lifesaving treatment cost was still significant.

Seeing that Brophy could not afford his beloved pet’s treatment, doctors from LVS knew they needed to help. The balance of Maggie’s treatment will be paid for by The Pet’s Tree of Hope fund, which was created by LVS last year and helps pay for lifesaving treatment for pets when their owners cannot afford the entire cost.

“With this happening during the week of Thanksgiving, it is yet another reminder to give thanks to those who served and continue to serve our country,” said Dr. Ira Zaslow, a board-certified specialist in veterinary emergency and critical care medicine and medical director of Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists. “We are so thankful that Maggie is beginning to recover and hope she will be able to return home soon.”

“When you go through a trauma like this it is so helpful to have an amazing team of people like those at Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists,” said Brophy. “I couldn’t be more thankful for the help, love and support that I have received since the accident and that she is beginning to recover.”

For more information about Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists or to help support The Pet’s Tree of Hope, visit www.lauderdalevets.com or contact Kim at 954-641-1100 or kspalt@lauderdalevets.com.

About Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists

Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists is a 24-hour veterinary emergency, critical care, referral hospital and imaging center serving Broward, Palm Beach and Miami Dade counties. Their services include: emergency, critical care, internal medicine, neurosurgery, neurology, ultrasound, CT-scan, digital radiography, bereavement counseling, physical therapy, rehabilitation, as well as, soft tissue, orthopedic and reconstructive surgery. LVS can be reached at 954.641.1100 and is located at 3217 NW 10th Terrace, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309.

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Veterinarians caution pet owners of Thanksgiving holiday dangers

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Doctors from Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists are warning pet owners of the potential dangers to cats and dogs during Thanksgiving holiday celebrations.

Whether hosting a Thanksgiving get-together or visiting with others, it is important for pet owners to be mindful of harmful foods and household dangers. Pet owners should make it a priority to keep certain foods out of reach from pets, secure their trash receptacles and use caution with holiday decorations. thanksgiving-table

Experts from Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists urge pet owners to keep the following hazardous foods away from pets:

  • Bones- One of the most common reasons for pets being admitted to the ER during the holidays is the ingestion of bones. Swallowing a bone can block airways and digestive tracts of pets. Turkey and chicken bones are especially dangerous for pets because they are hollow and tend to splinter when chewed.
  • Turkey- Feeding even a small amount of turkey to a dog or cat can trigger pancreatitis, a life-threatening condition for pets. Ingesting raw turkey can also lead to the contraction of salmonella.
  • Raw Dough & Batter- Ingesting anything with raw eggs is never good for pets or humans because of the risk for salmonella. The yeast in uncooked dough can be especially harmful when fed to pets, causing painful bloating and gas.
  • Sugar-Free Confections- Xylitol is a common ingredient in sugar-free products and is highly toxic to dogs, sometimes even deadly. Pet owners should be mindful of which products in their home contain xylitol and keep them out of reach.
  • Onions, Chocolate, Raisins and Grapes- Many pet owners are aware of the toxic properties of these common household foods. These foods are often incorporated into a variety of Thanksgiving day dishes, which should not be fed to pets, even in small portions.

french-bulldog-1104365_960_720Thanksgiving dangers are not exclusive to toxic food. Having visitors for holiday celebrations can be exciting, however it may upset shy or less sociable pets. Keeping pets in a safe, confined area with their favorite toy during large holiday gatherings can greatly reduce their emotional stress and prevent escape through frequently opening exterior doors.

Household decorations can also be deadly for curious pets. Candles, plastic or glass decorative ornaments, certain kinds of plants and electric cords should be placed out or reach from pets or be properly secured.

“Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of the year to be with friends and family members, including pets,” Said Dr. Ira Zaslow, a board-certified specialist in veterinary emergency and critical care and medical director of Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists. “We hope these tips will help pet owners keep their pets safe from harm during holiday festivities and avoid a trip to the emergency room.”

Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists staff members are preparing for an increase in Thanksgiving related pet emergencies this upcoming weekend and are available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. For questions or concerns regarding your pet or more Thanksgiving safety tips please call LVS at 954-641-1127.

About Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists

Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists is a 24-hour veterinary emergency, critical care, referral hospital and imaging center serving Broward, Palm Beach and Miami Dade counties. Their services include: emergency, critical care, internal medicine, neurosurgery, neurology, ultrasound, CT-scan, digital radiography, bereavement counseling, physical therapy, rehabilitation, as well as, soft tissue, orthopedic and reconstructive surgery. LVS can be reached at 954.641.1100 and is located at 3217 NW 10th Terrace, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309.

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Veterinarians provide 2,400 lbs. of turkey to Pantry of Broward

pantry-of-browardFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – This month, veterinarians from Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists are helping people and pets in South Florida by donating approximately 2,400 pounds of turkey to the Pantry of Broward.

The turkeys will help the Pantry of Broward, feed families in-need throughout the busy Thanksgiving holiday.

The Pantry of Broward is a charitable organization that provides 55 pound boxes of food to more than 400 families in Broward County each month. The charity also assists each family through routine meetings with the pantry’s clinical director. The meetings are used to address additional nutritional needs and assist families with applying for and obtaining government assistance.

“We are so proud to be able to help the Pantry of Broward and the families that rely on their efforts,” said Dr. Ira Zaslow, a board-certified specialist in veterinary emergency and critical care and medical director of Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists.

Individuals interested in helping the Pantry of Broward provide meals to those in need this holiday season can drop off non-perishable food items at Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists or at the pantry’s 610 NW Third Avenue location.

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Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists is a 24-hour veterinary emergency, critical care, referral hospital and imaging center serving Broward, Palm Beach and Miami Dade counties. Their services include: emergency, critical care, internal medicine, neurosurgery, neurology, ultrasound, CT-scan, digital radiography, bereavement counseling, physical therapy, rehabilitation, as well as, soft tissue, orthopedic and reconstructive surgery. LVS can be reached at 954.641.1100 and is located at 3217 NW 10th Terrace, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309.

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Physical therapy facility for pets opens in Fort Lauderdale

action-0021FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists, a specialty and emergency hospital for pets in South Florida, opened a brand new, state-of-the-art physical therapy and rehabilitation center recently.

Pets that have had surgery performed, endured a traumatic injury, or are suffering from conditions like arthritis or obesity, are now able to receive physical therapy at the new rehabilitation center at Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists.

The space includes a hydro-therapy/water treadmill, a gait analyzer treadmill, and a dry treadmill, as well as other equipment used in physical therapy for dogs and cats.

“Our goal by building this physical therapy and rehabilitation center is to supplement the other specialty services offered at LVS, while hopefully action-0008helping patients to regain the same quality of life they enjoyed before their injury or ailment,” said Dr. Ira Zaslow, a board-certified veterinary emergency and critical care specialist, and founder of LVS. “Studies have shown that just like with humans, pets that undergo physical therapy during their recovery process, see a much better return to normal gait function and locomotion.”

About Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists
Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists is a 24-hour veterinary emergency, critical care, referral hospital and imaging center serving Broward, Palm Beach and Miami Dade counties. Their services include: emergency, critical care, internal medicine, neurosurgery, neurology, ultrasound, CT-scan, digital radiography, bereavement counseling, physical therapy, rehabilitation, as well as, soft tissue, orthopedic and reconstructive surgery. LVS can be action-0016
reached at 954.641.1100 and is located at 3217 NW 10th Terrace, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309.

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Hurricane Matthew: South Florida veterinarians provide tips for pet owners

204647w5_nl_smFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – As Hurricane Matthew, a category 4 hurricane, continues its path nearing South Florida, doctors of Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists are encouraging pet owners to ensure they have a household emergency plan, which includes their pets.

“It is essential to have an emergency plan in place for the entire family, especially when preparing for a hurricane of this magnitude,” said Dr. Ira Zaslow, a board-certified specialist in veterinary emergency and critical care and medical director of Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists. “We recommend keeping a close eye on Matthew as it approaches and taking all pets if evacuating your home.”

The Louisiana SPCA estimates that over 250,000 pets were separated from their owners and approximately 15,000 animals were rescued after Hurricane Katrina. The total number of animals who died is unknown, though it is estimated to be in the tens of thousands.

When hurricanes hit, pet owners often find out the hard way that shelters may not be pet friendly.  Owners should be fully prepared if an evacuation is ordered. Doctors from Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists recommend for pet owners to find the closest pet-friendly evacuation shelter and to make sure they have the required documentation. If a shelter is pet-friendly, pet owners are often required to provide their pets medical records, including vaccination documentation.

If Hurricane Matthew does make landfall in Florida, some veterinarians may be forced to evacuate, as well. That’s why it is important for pet owners to ensure they have at least a two-week supply of food and water for their pets and any medications their pets are prescribed. If pet owners decide to ride out the storm and take shelter in their homes, they should contact their family veterinarian to ensure they have a sufficient plan to include the safety of their pets.

Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists will remain open throughout the storm. LVS is not a shelter, but LVS will be open to see and treat emergency cases.

Here are some additional tips recommended by doctors from Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists:

CREATE AN EMERGENCY KIT FOR YOUR PET BEFORE A DISASTER

  • Keep documentation of your pet’s vaccination history in the emergency kit.
  • Have a current photograph of your pet in the kit.
  • Keep a checklist in the kit of items to pull together when a storm is imminent, including these:
    • Collar: Make sure your pet’s collar has an identification tag with your contact information.
    • Leash: Use a leash if you evacuate or bring your pet to a shelter because pets can become easily disoriented if they slip away from you. This is because the scents that pets use to determine where they are and how to get home are often washed or blown away during storms.
    • Carrier: Have a properly sized pet carrier for each animal handy. Carriers should be large enough for the animal to stand and turn around.
    • Medications: Have a list of medications and care instructions to bring with you.
    • Other: Make a list of other items to add at the last minute such as food, bowls, water and cleaning supplies.
  • Have an evacuation strategy: Have a list including addresses and phone numbers of specialized pet shelters, animal control shelters and friends and relatives out of harm’s way who are potential refuges for your pet during a disaster. Familiarize yourself with the location of each so if you need to evacuate, you can plan your route accordingly.

DURING A DISASTER

  • Gather together in one place all items on your pet’s emergency checklist. A laundry basket is easy to carry and a good size for this purpose.
  • Animals brought to a pet shelter may be required to have any or all of the following:
    • Leash and collar with  identification tag
    • Rabies tag
    • Identification on all belongings
    • Suitable carrier or cage
    • Ample supply of food, water and food bowls
    • Necessary medications and specific, written care instructions
    • Newspapers, trash bags and other supplies for clean-up
  • Pet shelters will be filled on first come, first-served basis.  Call ahead and determine availability.
  • Bring pets indoors well in advance of a storm. Reassure and calm them throughout.
  • Monitor your pets’ behavior, because animals can become defensive or aggressive due to the stress of the situation.

AFTER A DISASTER

  • Walk pets on leashes until they become re-oriented to the area. Familiar scents and landmarks may be altered and pets could easily be confused and become lost.  Also, downed power lines, debris, snakes and other critters brought in with high water can all pose a threat for animals after a disaster.
  • If your pet is lost during a disaster, contact your local animal control office to find out where lost animals are being housed. Bring along the picture of your pet and information about the microchip.

About Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists
Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists is a 24-hour veterinary emergency, critical care, referral hospital and imaging center serving Broward, Palm Beach and Miami Dade counties. Their services include: emergency, critical care, internal medicine, neurosurgery, neurology, ultrasound, CT-scan, digital radiography, bereavement counseling, physical therapy, rehabilitation, as well as, soft tissue, orthopedic and reconstructive surgery. LVS can be reached at 954.641.1100 and is located at 3217 NW 10th Terrace, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309.

For media-related inquiries and media interview requests, please contact our Miami PR firm at news@judgepr.com or 305.742.0783.

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