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Pet Fire Safety

July 15th is Pet Fire Safety Day! While we hope that none of our clients ever have to deal with a fire—or any other emergency—we do always advocate erring on the side of caution. Read on as a local Fort Worth, TX vet discusses pet fire safety.

Fire Prevention

It may surprise you to know that our furry pals can start up to 1000 fires a year. Some basic precautions can really help reduce the risk of this happening in your home. Candles are one common source of fires. Keep candles only in high, secure spots, well out of paws’ reach. If you have a gas stove and a dog big enough to bump into the knobs, get childproof knob covers. Finally, don’t use glass bowls outdoors, especially on wooden decks.

Precautions

Basic precautions are very important! Your furry friend should be microchipped, wearing current ID tags, and current on their vaccinations and parasite control. Keep copies of your pet’s paperwork in your glove box, and also email them to yourself. That way, you always have them with you.

Pet Fire Emergency Kit

We strongly recommend making a pet emergency kit. You can start with a plastic storage tote and a regular first-aid kit. Then, add some pet-specific items, such as nonstick gauze, styptic powder, and a muzzle. You’ll also want to include emergency supplies, such as food, treats, bedding, thermal blankets, toys, a leash and collar, and medicine. Fido will need waste baggies, while Fluffy will of course require a litterbox and litter. Some other things to include are recent pictures of your pet, a pet first-aid brochure, and copies of your furry buddy’s vaccinations and medical records. You may also want to include a list of pet-friendly hotels and emergency shelters.

Home Safety

Pick up some pet fire stickers for your windows. You’ll want to note how many pets you have, what kind of animals they are, and where they may hide. Firefighters will often try to rescue animals if they can, so this information can be critical! It’s also a good idea to have a monitored home security system with a smoke detector. That way, if a fire starts when you aren’t home, emergencies services will immediately be notified.

Please call us, your local Fort Worth, TX vet hospital, if ever we can be of assistance. We are always here to help!

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