Wildfire season is upon us and we want to ensure you feel safe with your pet. If you are in a situation where evacuation is not an option, the ability to be proactive and protect your pet will guarantee safety for your family. Here are some guidelines for safety with your pet in regards to an active wildfire in your community.
Safety for your pet with an active Wildfire in your Community
Have bags packed, pets belongings together, and know where your pets are. While you are gathering you and your pet’s essentials, keep your furry loved ones together in one room, that is easy to access. Make sure you have all current identification markers on your pet. Keep news apps and alerts available on your phone for up to the minute coverage. If you are going to shelter-in-place, stay inside, close all windows and doors, but keep them unlocked. Stay clear of windows, and stick together, in one room if possible.
Protect Your Pet
In the case of a wildfire, evacuation is very likely the best way to keep your family safe. Make sure you have an evacuation plan ready and a backup. If evacuation is not an option, Trupanion staff veterinarian, Dr. Sarah Nold, DVM recommends “Do not try to outrun the fire but find a nearby body of water to get into. If water is not nearby, find a cleared area outside and lie in the lowest point until the fire passes. The air closest to the ground is the safest to breathe.”
Prepare with Water
Water can be resourceful in other ways as well. Dr. Nold recommends “If possible to wet your clothing or put a wet blanket over yourself. Additionally, it is possible to breathe through a moist cloth. Pets are very sensitive to natural disasters and may act strangely before you are aware of the reason why. I don’t advise trying to hold a wet cloth over their mouth, as they would be very scared. You could be bitten or scratched or they could attempt to run away or hide.”
Effects of Wildfire
Dr. Sarah Nold, DVM, continues “Wildfires bring two main concerns – burns and smoke inhalation. Your pet should be evaluated as soon as possible by a veterinarian and monitored closely for many days afterward”
Wildfire season can be worrisome, but being proactive and prepared can help you protect your pet and provide the best care possible.