Did you know that July 15th is Pet Fire Safety Day? While we hope that none of our clients are ever affected by fires, we always advise people to err on the side of caution, and take every possible precaution. Read on as a Portland, OR vet discusses pet fire safety.
We strongly recommend having an emergency kit ready for your furry friend. Include a blanket or bed; a week’s’ worth of food and treats; toys; brushes; a first-aid kit; water; dishes; and copies of your pet’s paperwork and photos. Kitties will also need a litterbox and litter, while dogs will need an extra leash and collar, and waste baggies. If your pet takes medication, keep a week’s worth of that in the kit as well. Keeping the kit near your pet’s carrier will make it easy to grab, which could save you precious time in an emergency.
Have an emergency plan in place that includes your pet. It may be a good idea to make a list of pet-friendly emergency shelters and hotels in your area, even if you have a plan to stay with friends or family members. That way, if you have to evacuate due to wildfires, you’ll have the information you need ready beforehand.
Taking a few simple precautions can greatly reduce the risk of a fire breaking out in your home. Candles are a big safety issue with pets: burn candles only in high, secure places your furry buddy can’t reach, such as wall sconces. You also want to be careful with space heaters and fireplaces in winter. If you have a gas stove and a big dog, get childproof burner knobs: Fido has been known to turn burners on accidentally. It’s also a good idea to get a monitored security system that is linked up to your smoke detectors.
There are a few additional things you can do to keep your pet safe in case a fire breaks out when you’re out. Put pet fire window stickers up, so firefighters can see what kind of pets you have, how many you have, and where they may hide. Also, keep a breakaway collar on your furry pal, to make it easier for firefighters to catch them.
Is your pet due for vaccines, parasite control, or an exam? Contact us, your Portland, OR animal hospital!