Protecting pets during an evacuation due to fire in the area
Wildfires are scary and fast spreading occurances. For pet owners there is the added level of stress during these events in making sure they prepared for not only themselves but their furry family member as well. Here are some pointers on what to do when fires are approaching NEARBY and AFTER an evacuation has occurred:
- All pets should have identification; tags with your name, pets name & a reliable phone number to reach you by, updated microchip information and recent pictures of your animals in your phone or on your social media platforms
- Ensure you know the location of your pets, especially those prone to hiding or going missing; place such pets in enclosures or carriers preemptively, place them close by or in your sleeping area & have collars on them that make sounds (e.g. attached bells)
- Pack your pets bags ahead of time; medication, food for at least 7 to 14 days, fresh water, vaccination history, medical records, photographs of the pets and veterinarian information
- If evacuation occurs, & animals are left behind; do NOT tie them up, leave animals in a preselected & cleared area, leave enough hay for at least 3 days, & do not rely on automatic watering systems as power may be lost.
- After an evacuation: Monitor for respiratory signs, thoroughly palpate and scan your pet for burns, lacerations, debris, pain, & so forth, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian for a health screening, & utilize social media platforms and contact local shelters/animal clinics for lost animals