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Pet Fire Safety Day

Today, July 15th, is Pet Fire Safety Day! While this important topic deserves attention all year round, this is a great time to shine the spotlight on it. Below, an Oconomowoc, WI vet discusses pet fire safety.

Pet Emergency Kit

Do you have an emergency kit for your pet? If not, we recommend creating one ASAP. Include blankets, beddings, toys, treats, and brushes, a pet first-aid kit, and a week’s worth of your pet’s food and medications. Fluffy will also need a litterbox and litter, while Fido will require waste baggies and a leash and collar. As for dishes, pick up some collapsible dishes. We also advise keeping copies of your pet’s vaccinations and medical records in the kit. This is very important, because most pet-friendly emergency shelters require proof of vaccinations.

Planning

Have an emergency plan in place, and be sure to include your pets when planning. Also, make a list of pet-friendly local emergency shelters and hotels. This is a good idea even if you plan to stay with friends or family members, because if wildfires ever force you to evacuate, you may have to head in the opposite direction.

Prevention

Pets cause up to 1000 fires every year, many of which could be prevented with some basic precautions. Candles are a big concern: it’s far too easy for Fluffy or Fido to knock them over! Keep candles in secure, high spots, well out of paws’ reach. If you have a large or medium dog and a gas stove, we recommend getting childproof covers for your burner knobs, so your pooch can’t accidentally turn one on if he bumps into it. In winter, space heaters and fireplaces are also hazards. Since it’s impossible to predict if, when, and how accidents will occur, you may want to get a monitored security system.

Pet Preparation

In addition to the things noted above, there are some other things you can do to keep your pet safe. We recommend getting some pet window stickers. These are a great help to firemen, and can make a huge difference if there is a fire. Last but not least, make sure your furry buddy is microchipped and wearing proper ID tags. It’s also not a bad idea to get a breakaway collar.

Please contact us, your Oconomowoc, WI animal clinic, anytime. We’re here to serve all your pet’s veterinary care needs!

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