Pet Fire Safety Day July 15

National Pet Fire Safety Day is observed on the 15 July every year.  July is a month marked by heat, dry grass, fireworks, and outdoor fires—all of which can pose a danger to pets. House fires are one such danger.

To create awareness on this topic, the American Kennel Club (AKC), ADT Security Services and the National Volunteer Fire Council have teamed up for this Thursday’s National Pet Fire Safety Day.

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The AKC has provided the following tips to help protect your home and loved ones from accidental fire:

  • Extinguish open flames – Don’t leave your pets unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.
    • Remove stove knob– Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house.
    • 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.
  • Avoid glass water bowls on wooden decks – The sun’s rays when filtered through glass water bowls can heat up and ignite the wooden deck.  Choose stainless steel or ceramic bowls instead.
  • Keep pets near entrances when you’re out – 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.
  • Secure young pets– Especially with young puppies, 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.
  • Consider using monitored smoke detectors – Monitored smoke detectors, which are connected to a monitoring center, allow emergency responders to be contacted when your pets are trapped. These systems provide an added layer of protection beyond battery-operated smoke alarms.
  • Affix a Pet Alert Window Cling – 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 update the number of pets listed.

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Staying aware and being prepared could save you avoidable heartache if a disaster strikes. Your pets are part of your family and deserve to be protected!


Prevent pet fire

hp_1The biggest thing you can do to prevent your pet from being injured in a home fire is to have working fire alarms and extinguishers. Alarms with current batteries (checked regularly) should be placed on each floor or area of the home. If you’re out of the house a lot of the time, you might consider installing fire alarms that are connected to a monitoring unit able to alert the fire department directly.

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You should also be aware of these common pet-related fire hazards:

  • Never leave unattended candles or open flames lit around pets. Your dog or cat could accidentally knock them over and start a fire. The ASPCA reports that more than 1,000 fires are started accidentally by pets each year.
  • Chewed electrical cords are another common cause of home fires. If you’ve got young pets who haven’t learned this is unacceptable behavior yet, be sure you’ve puppy- or kitten-proofed your home by hiding loose cords away.
  • Stovetop burner fires can be caused by a pet (usually a cat) playing in the kitchen area. Consider using stove knob covers, available in the baby-proofing section of a store, to prevent accidental burner fires.

Ways to Cool Your Dog in Hot Weather

Dogs and humans need relief on hot summer days. Most dogs love water, but not everyone has easy access to an ocean, lake or pond.

Solutions:

1. Give your dog access to plenty of fresh, cool water. Make sure the bowl is clean and hasn’t been sitting out in the sun all day–bacteria can grow in their bowl if you don’t wash it and provide fresh water. Don’t try to force or pour water into your dog’s mouth, even if he refuses to drink, as he will likely just suck it into his lungs and choke.

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2. Remove your dog from the heat. Get him indoors as soon as possible. If you are outdoors and can pick your dog up, carry him back to your car or house. If there is a pond or stream nearby, allow him to stand in the water and cool down a little before heading back. At the very least, try to get your dog into a shady spot.

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3. Cool your dog down by draping cool, wet towels over her neck, under her forelimbs (in her armpits) and between her hind legs (around her groin). These towels should be cool, not cold. Don’t ice ice or icepacks–you need to bring her temperature down gradually. If you lower her temperature too quickly or it falls too low, it could be just as dangerous as overheating

Tips for Air Travel with Pets

Here are some general airline travel tips for pets to bear in mind:

  • Never sedate your pet on a flight. High altitudes and sedatives are a dangerous combination and should never be mixed.
  • Always have your pet’s leash and collar easily accessible for walking prior to departure, but do not take the pet out of the kennel inside the airport.Air Travel with Pets
  • Identification tags for your pet and travel kennel, including pet’s name, home address and phone number, are essential.
  • Never use a muzzle on your pet during travel, as this is dangerous to the pet.
  • Familiarize your pet with the kennel prior to the trip so that it is comfortable to him/her at travel time.
  • Always make advanced reservations or arrangements with the airline when you are making your own reservations. The airline always reserves the right to refuse travel if there are too many pets on board, so make sure you advise them early.

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Outdoor adventures with your dog

It’s important to spend quality time with your dog, and though your daily routine will normally be a few walks and some play, why not make things exciting on occasion by going on an adventure!

1. Find a local park and figure out a time when no one else is around so that your dog can run free, off leash (assuming they are well trained). If they need a little work on their recall, a dog-friendly playground or tennis court works as well.

2. Visit friends or relatives in rural areas with plenty of land to explore. The more fenced in the better, but on leash romps are great too!

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3. Setup play dates with other friendly dogs. Create a network of “social buddies” for your pooch.

4. Find a quality doggie daycare that lets the dogs socialize and play all day.

5. Go to an empty beach in the off-season and let your dog dig in the sand! Many dogs go crazy once they realize the holes they can dig!

6. Contact a friendly farmer and make arrangements to tour and/or roam the farm at appropriate time, so your dog can experience new sights and smells.

7. Hire a pet care specialist who knows of unique exercise opportunities for your dog.

8. Visit local streams and rivers and let your dog wade and swim in warm weather.

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9. Find unique terrain that your dog has never seen before and let him explore.

10. Take your dog bird watching, or maybe just squirrel watching! We have a feeling this may not be too successful!

11. Take your dog camping! Spending time in the outdoors is a great way to bond with your dog!

12. Take a Dog friendly vacation! Rent a cabin by a lake, a yurt in a forest or a room at a Canine friendly B&B!

13. Get involved in dog sports or clubs. There are local groups in almost every state.

14. Introduce your well-behaved dog to other animals. Many farm animals get along great with friendly dogs. We’ve seen dogs play with goats, horses and cows.

 


Hot car warning to dog owners

What most people don’t realize that on a mildly warm day in the 80s, the inside of a car can go up to 100 °F or more in just 10 minutes. On a hot summer day, it just takes a few minutes for the inside of the car to heat up to over 120 °F. Even if you leave all of the windows cracked open, a hot car can be perilous to the safety of your pet and can lead to a fatal heat stroke. In some states, leaving pets unattended in cars in extreme weather is illegal and can subject you to fines of up to $2000 . Even if you only plan to be out of the car for just a few minutes, please don’t leave your pets in the car anytime the outside temperature is over 60 °F, even in winter, even with the windows cracked, and even in the shade. (source) Car interiors get too hot for a pet in a very short time. A short delay in your getting back to the car quickly can be fatal to your pets.

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