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Evacuation Plan For Pets

The Suffolk Veterinary Group Animal Wellness & Laser Surgery Center PetCare Team is no stranger to bad weather.  Dr. Winkler and Ms. Winkler survived several hurricanes during their time in the Caribbean, and know that severe storms are no laughing matter.  After Hurricane Sandy, as well as recent snow storms and other extreme weather, we are providing this page as information in the event you and your family must otherwise leave your home without your special companion, or be evacuated to a shelter.

Click Here For A List Of Pet-Friendly Shelters In Suffolk County

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Please note, Suffolk Veterinary Group Animal Wellness & Laser Surgery Center is not a critical care, emergency, or specialty veterinary facility. While we would be happy to see your pet should they require immediate medical attention as our scheduling and staffing allows during our office hours, we reserve the right to refer, transfer, or otherwise redirect patients to a critical care, emergency, or specialty veterinary facility if we deem it is within the patient's best interest to do so.

It is scary to think that you may need to leave your house swiftly during an emergency, and there is no time to worry about what to do for your pet.  Being prepared is so very important to everyone’s safety, so we hope that you will follow these recommendations.

1.  Make sure your pet is microchipped!! Microchips will provide identification of your pet should they become lost, as well as proof of ownership should they be found and ownership is in dispute.  Make sure all your contact information is current and registered with a national microchip database.  Place the database company phone number in your cell phone contact list, that way in the event of an evacuation, you can call the database company as soon as you can, and alert them that your pet may be left behind, or that you are taking them to a pet-friendly shelter.

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2.  Ensure that your pet’s preventative care is up-to-date.  Pet friendly shelters will not allow in pets that do not have up-to-date rabies vaccination.  Being in a shelter will expose your pet to animals of unknown vaccination history, so having your pet up-to-date on All Core Vaccines will help prevent them from getting ill while being sheltered.

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3.  Make a “bug out bag” for your pet.  It can be a small backpack that even your pet can wear (some mid-sized to larger breed dogs can carry their own things if it is not too heavy).  Include in this backpack:

A.  Copies of Health Certificate, Rabies Certificate, Microchip Certificate
B.  Your information and contact phone number, include a picture of you and your pet
C.  Food and water with portable bowls
D
.  A list of any necessary medications, and several days worth of medication
E.  Something that smells like you and your family, a sock or shirt

F.  ID tags and Rabies tag on your pet's collar or harness

If you are going to have your dog wear their own “bug out bag,” practice with them wearing it well in advance, with much positive reinforcement and treats, and gradually increasing the weight where necessary.  You do not want to struggle getting your dog to accept an unfamiliar backpack or harness when time is of the essence.

4.  If your pet is unable to carry their own “bug out bag,” and you have the availability to use a larger carrying case, bring these additional items with you for your pet.  They can be combined with essentials for your family in a larger tote box:

G.  Carrier or cage that is just large enough for your pet to stand and turn around in
H.  A blanket or bed for the pet to lay one; and one big enough to cover their cage as necessary
I.  
Litter boxes and kitty litter for cats
J.  
Waste clean up supplies; baggies, paper towels, wee-wee pads, gloves, disinfectant, etc.
K.  
A favorite toy

If you cannot bring your pet with you to a pet-friendly shelter, we would recommend you take the following steps during a storm alert if you believe you will be evacuated, to help keep your pet safe while you are away from your home during an evacuation situation.  We do not recommend anybody stay behind with their pets to “ride out a storm.”  This is dangerous, and many people have lost their lives when they have not evacuated promptly.

1.  Confine your pet to one area of the house where they have access to a water source. Try not to lock your pets into a room without water.

2.  Leave multiple faucets dripping or very slightly on.  Especially for cats, if they will be capable of jumping on counters or vanities to drink.

3.  Clean your tub well, and fill it about half-way with clean cold water for larger dogs.  You may also want to clean your toilets and leave them filled with clean water for a pet to drink out of as well.

4.  Fill as many low-lying water dishes as possible for animals that cannot reach a dripping faucet or get in the tub or toilet to drink.  Be aware that many pets may step on or spill these dishes if they are anxious or panicked.

5.  Place down newspaper, wee-wee pads, and multiple litter boxes.

6.  If possible, leave down as much food for your pet as you can.

7.  If you are evacuating your house for an undetermined amount of time, remember to turn off the main electric breaker.  This can help prevent electrical fires.  If you can turn off other utilities (natural gas or oil) do so as well. Do not turn off your water, especially if you have left faucets to drip as a water source for your pet.

8.  In areas prone to flooding, restrict pets to the highest floor of your house by gating stairs where necessary.

9. Make sure you have information in your family’s “bug out” tote or bag that includes your pet’s microchip database company’s phone number, their health and Rabies certificates, and a recent picture of you with your pets. Contact your pet’s microchip database company as soon as you are safe to let them know to flag your account that your pets were left home alone during a disaster. 

Keep your family and your pets safe during severe weather and natural disasters.  Have a plan in place.  For more information regarding emergency preparedness, you can click on one of the links below, and call us at the Suffolk Veterinary Group Animal Wellness & Laser Surgery Center 631-696-2400 if you have any questions.

American Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Website

The Weather Channel Emergency Preparedness Website

Town Of Brookhaven Office Of Emergency Management Website

Please note, Suffolk Veterinary Group Animal Wellness & Laser Surgery Center is not a critical care, emergency, or specialty veterinary facility. While we would be happy to see your pet should they require immediate medical attention as our scheduling and staffing allows during our office hours, we reserve the right to refer, transfer, or otherwise redirect patients to a critical care, emergency, or specialty veterinary facility if we deem it is within the patient's best interest to do so.

Sign up using the form below or call (631) 696-2400 to make an appointment.

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I want to thank Dr. Winkler and his staff. They are the most compassionate animal care center ever. And when we recently had to put our kitty down, no where else will you receive the compassion they show. God bless them for their kindness and caring hearts.

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Selden, NY

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