Pet Fire Safety Day

Did you know that July 15th is Pet Fire Safety Day? While we truly hope that none of our clients ever experiences a fire, we do always urge erring on the side of caution, and taking every possible precaution to reduce the risk of fire. Read on as a local Colorado Springs, CO vet discusses some key points of pet fire safety.

Preparing For The Worst

Many brave firefighters understand that pets are part of our family, and will do what they can to save our animal companions in case of a fire. To make a hard job a little easier, we recommend getting pet window stickers that say what kind of pet you have, and where they may be hiding. We also strongly recommend getting your four-legged buddy microchipped. If a fire breaks out, and your furry pal gets out but runs off, that microchip could be the only thing linking you and your beloved pet.

Planning

It’s very important for you and your family members to have a plan in case a fire breaks out. Be sure to include your pet in your preparations. Also, if you leave your furball home alone, keep Fido or Fluffy’s collar on: this makes it much easier for firefighters to catch pets. You of course don’t want to risk your pet getting caught on something, so ask your vet for advice on choosing a good breakaway collar. We also recommend closing off most of the rooms in your home when you leave for the day, so your pet is confined to a few main areas.

Fire Hazards

It’s important to be aware of some of the ways pets can start fires. Candles are a major concern: flames and pets don’t mix! Keep candles in tall, protective holders, and burn them in high, secure spots your four-legged friend can’t reach. Wall sconces are a good choice. Space heaters are also dangerous, because it is very easy for pets to accidentally knock them over. If you have a gas stove and a big dog, put childproof caps on your burner knobs: Fido has been known to turn these on by accident. It’s also a good idea to secure electrical wires.

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Feel free to contact us, your Colorado Springs, CO animal clinic, today. We are always happy to help!