With the temperatures rising, it feels like summer is finally here. But with the rising temperatures, the risk of wildfires start to increase.
Wildfires can be devastating, not only for humans but also for pets. It's important to have a plan in place to keep your furry friends safe during a wildfire. In this article, we'll discuss some tips on how to keep your pets safe during a wildfire.
Have a Plan in Place
The first step in keeping your pets safe during a wildfire is to have a plan in place. This means knowing where you'll go if you need to evacuate your home and making sure your pets are included in that plan. It's important to have a pet-friendly evacuation location or have a list of pet-friendly hotels and shelters in your area. Make sure you have a plan in place well in advance of any potential wildfires.
Keep Your Pets Indoors
During a wildfire, it's important to keep your pets indoors as much as possible. This means closing windows and doors to prevent smoke and ash from getting inside your home. If possible, use an air filter to keep the air inside your home as clean as possible. If you need to leave your home, make sure your pets are safely secured in a carrier or crate.
Provide Plenty of Water
Wildfires can cause a lot of smoke and ash to fill the air, which can be harmful to both humans and pets. Make sure your pets have plenty of fresh water available to drink, as this can help to flush out any toxins they may inhale. If your pets are outside, make sure they have access to plenty of clean water.
Keep Your Pet's Identification Up to Date
In the event of an emergency evacuation, it's important to have up-to-date information on your pets. This includes their name, age, breed, and any medical conditions they may have. Make sure you have this information readily available in case you need to evacuate quickly. You should also make sure your pets are wearing identification tags with your current contact information.
Have a Pet Emergency Kit
It's important to have a pet emergency kit ready to go in case of a wildfire. This kit should include basic supplies like food, water, and medication, as well as items like a leash, collar, and carrier. Make sure you have enough supplies to last for at least a few days. Keep your pet's emergency kit in an easily accessible location.
Keep Your Pets Calm
During a wildfire, pets can become anxious and scared. To help keep your pets calm, try to keep their routine as normal as possible. Stick to their regular feeding and exercise schedule. You can also use calming products like pheromone sprays or supplements to help keep your pets relaxed.
Wildfires can be scary and dangerous for both humans and pets. By having a plan in place, keeping your pets indoors, providing plenty of water, keeping their identification up to date, having a pet emergency kit, and keeping your pets calm, you can help keep your furry friends safe during a wildfire. Be sure to stay informed about any potential wildfires in your area and be ready to take action to keep your pets safe.