Pet Fire Safety

Home fires are the most common disaster that the American Red Cross responds to – and also the most preventable.

  • The best way to protect your pets from the effects of a fire is to include them in your family plan. This includes having their own disaster supplies kit as well as arranging in advance for a safe place for them to stay if you need to leave your home.
  • When you practice your escape plan, practice taking your pets with you. Train them to come to you when you call.
  • In the event of a disaster, if you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them, too. But remember: never delay escape or endanger yourself or family to rescue a family pet.

Prevent Your Pets from Starting Fires

The National Fire Protection Association estimates that nearly 1,000 home fires each year are accidentally started by the homeowners’ pets. The American Kennel Club and ADT Security Services have joined forces to provide the following tips:

  • Extinguish Open Flames – Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.
  • Remove Stove Knobs – Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house – a stove or cook top is the number one piece of equipment involved in your pet starting a fire.
  • Invest in Flameless Candles – These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your pet knocking over a candle. Cats are notorious for starting fires when their tails turn over lit candles.
  • Secure Young Pets – keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home such as in crates or behind baby gates in secure areas.

Help Firefighters Help Your Pets

  • Keep pets near entrances when away from home. Keep collars on pets and leashes at the ready in case firefighters need to rescue your pet. When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.
  • Affix a pet alert window cling and write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets. Make sure to keep the number of pets listed on them updated.

Pet Hydration Awareness Month

Article from Best Vet Care

By Paul Wegman

We come across many health-related articles on the internet every day. So much information can be overwhelming and confusing at first, but repeating important health facts helps the message stick in our minds. The information eventually sinks in and allows us to make better decisions that sustain our survival. However, when it comes to our pets, we tend to become a bit lazy.

Despite how much we learn about pet health, it does not always receive the same level of attention as human health. This is why we are here to spread the word. 

The fact is both pets and people benefit a lot when a proper water intake is maintained. If not, both can suffer from dehydration, which can lead to serious and immediate health risks. While humans somehow can escape the danger of dehydration, it is quite difficult for pets.

Pets’ bodies contain a higher amount of water than humans. Hence, keeping them hydrated is one of the most important aspects we cannot risk overlooking. This might surprise you that for every pound of their body weight, they need at least 1 ounce of water. Unfortunately, the majority of them do not, especially in the hot water.

This is why, to put the best foot forward on this National Pet Hydration Awareness Month, BestVetCare wants you to understand important points related to pet hydration in detail:

Tips to Keeping Your Pet Hydrated 

  1. Have fresh water at different places in the home. Provide several bowls in the places where your pet spends the most time. A fountain that keeps freshwater flowing is also preferred.
  2. To encourage more drinking, put broth or ice cubes in their water bowls.
  3. To maximize daily water consumption, add water to their meals.

Watch Out for These Dehydration Symptoms

  • Loss of skin elasticity
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting 
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy and low energy levels
  • Panting
  • Sunken, dry-looking eyes
  • Dry nose
  • Dry, sticky gums
  • Thick saliva

Promoting Pet Hydration Within Your Practice

If you are still wondering why pet hydration is a bigger deal now, then check out the fact – “Water makes up to 80 percent of a pet’s body, compared to 55 to 60% in humans.” Moreover, it can be challenging to understand your pet’s needs. That is why we have made some pointers to follow:

  1. Always have fresh supply of water. Some people avoid changing their pet’s water. If floaters in your cup bother you, how can your pet be ok with it? Although pets aren’t as picky as humans, a clean supply of water will do more benefits than you can ever think.
  2. Make sure the water bowl is clean. It’s just as important to have a clean bowl as it is to have fresh water. To prevent bacteria development, wash water bowls regularly.
  3. Keep the momentum going. Do you have a pet that enjoys drinking from the tap? Pet fountains are designed keeping in mind their requirements. So if you are using a water fountain, remember to replace the filter and clean it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  4. Consider adding wet food or supplementing with fresh raw fruits or vegetables to increase their water intake.

To repeat what we have been emphasizing on, Pet hydration is important and should be taken seriously. Not to forget, you are responsible for the overall well-being of your animal. Moreover, it is always good to keep your pet’s well-being and comfort first. Cater to your pet’s needs and ensure that they are comfortable with their surroundings.

In the end, we and you together can ensure your pet to be well, happy and healthy!