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Pet Fire Safety Day

Did you know that today, July 15th, is Pet Fire Safety Day? This is a very important topic, all the more so because it can be very easy to forget or overlook basic fire safety precautions, especially where pets are concerned. Read on as a local Indianapolis, IN vet discusses pet fire safety.

Basic Precautions

We strongly recommend that all pets be microchipped, wearing current ID tags, and kept up to date with important vaccines and parasite control. Keep copies of your furry pal’s paperwork in your car and in your email, so you can easily access them. That way, if you ever have to evacuate due to a fire, you won’t have to worry about your four-legged friend being turned away from a pet-friendly hotel or emergency shelter due to lack of documentation.

Prevention

Pets start up to 1000 fires every year. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to minimize the risk of this happening in your home. Candles are often a factor in pet-related fires. It’s very easy for Fido or Fluffy to stick their tails too close to a flame, or knock candles over. Burn candles only in high, secure spots. If you have a large dog and a gas stove, get childproof knob covers. Also, avoid putting glass water bowls on wooden decks, as they can start fires on sunny days.

Fire Emergency Kit

If you don’t have a pet emergency kit, grab a plastic storage tote and start putting one together. Include bedding, toys, dishes, a pet first-aid kit, and a week’s worth of your pet’s food and medications. Dogs will need waste baggies, a leash and collar, and perhaps a doggy jacket. Kitties will need litter and a litterbox. Other things to include are recent photos of your pet, a pet first-aid pamphlet, copies of your pet’s medical records, and a list of pet-friendly hotels and emergency shelters.

Helpful Tips

We recommend putting pet fire stickers on your windows. Note how many pets you have, and what kind of animals they are. In case of a fire, this will alert firefighters to the presence of your furry pal. Since many firefighters do try to save pets, this simple step can make a huge difference. Getting a monitored security system is also a good idea.

Please contact us, your Indianapolis, IN animal clinic, anytime. We are here to help!

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