What is an Emergency?

If your pet suddenly has an emergency and requires immediate attention, call us at 813-527-0786 and tell the Lakeside Staff member that you have an emergency.

Even if you are not sure whether it is an emergency, call us. We are here to help you and your pet.

    Emergencies include:

  • Trouble breathing, coughing
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Vomiting
  • Eating a toxic substance
  • Seizures
  • Ingesting a foreign object
  • Collapsing, broken bones
  • Crying in pain
  • Trouble walking
  • Lacerations or  wounds
  • Unusual tiredness lack of energy
  • Trouble giving birth
  • Unable to walk  
  • Tilted head, Trouble seeing, bumping into things
  • Or if you’re just worried.  You know your pet best!

If we are closed our phones are forwarded to our emergency associates at Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners they can assist you with questions to care for your pet.
Bluepearl Veterinary Partners,
3000 Busch Lake Blvd, Tampa, FL
(813) 933-8944

Hurricane Season

June 1st marks the beginning of hurricane season, and this means that you should start planning for emergencies.The experts are predicting a total of twelve named storms, six hurricanes and two ‘major’ hurricanes- meaning category three or higher. When making your emergency plan, don’t forget to include your pets too. When a hurricane or severe storm hits the bay area, flash flooding and power outages can happen so quickly, it can be difficult to remain calm and organized. In moments of sudden panic, it is not uncommon to forget some key items, and in some situations, the family pet is mistakenly left stranded. In the Tampa Bay area, we have been very lucky to not have any hurricanes hit us directly. However, with that being said, we are often subjected to heavy rains, lightning, floods, and power outages. The best way to prevent any additional damage to your property or to your family is to be prepared. There are a lot of resources available to you that help with emergency planning, and this includes a very thorough emergency preparedness plan created by the American Red Cross. For tips on how to keep your furry family members safe this hurricane season, follow this link: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/pets

Here are some online resources with listings of pet-friendly accommodations throughout the country:

Evacuation/Emergency Shelter

The options here are highly limited in our area, as Hillsborough County only offers four pet-friendly shelters and Pinellas only listing three. This should be considered a last option if you must evacuate, as living conditions will be less than ideal, and you are still within the storm’s path. Pet-friendly shelters in Hillsborough County are a first-come, first-served basis- so if your nearest shelter is full, you will be denied entry. Pinellas County requires pre-registration for their pet-friendly shelters. There is a link below to their website where you can access the pre-registration form. Priority is given to individuals/families in mobile homes.

All shelters will require proof of vaccination. I have reached out to Hillsborough County, and at this time, the only vaccine requirement is for Rabies. Of course, we recommend keeping your pet up to date on all vaccines including Parvo/Distemper, Bordetella and the Canine Influenza vaccine, which is highly contagious. Due to the recent Influenza outbreak, the county may rethink their requirements (and in my opinion, they should) and require the Influenza vaccine. This is at the County’s discretion and may change. If it changes- we will post updates here.

Pinellas county requires pre-registration for their pet-friendly shelters and preference is given to families in mobile homes and within evacuation zones A,B and C. If you live in Pinellas County and have no other place to evacuate to, pre-register for a location now, so you may be approved well in advance of the storm. Hillsborough county does not require pre-registration, but space is limited in each shelter. Have a plan B if you are unable to get into a shelter which accepts pets. For more information on shelters for both counties:

Resources for Hillsborough County, including pet-friendly shelters and requirements click here.

Pinellas County, indluding pet-friendly shelters click here.