Have an Emergency Kit Ready
When a fire strikes, you can’t waste time running around the house trying to find a dog leash or cat carrier to take your pet out safely. To avoid this, Dr. Mandell recommends that you have a leash or a carrier readily available by your bed or in a bin near doors or windows, and on every floor.
“Small blankets, towels or even pillow cases can be used in an emergency to quickly wrap up a cat or small dog and evacuate,” Dr. Mandell says. “Practice this so you know how to wrap and secure your pet.”
If you live in an area where wildfires are a concern, an extra level of preparation is necessary. It is possible that large parts of your community, including nearby veterinary clinics, could be affected. You may need to provide for your pets until you can reach an evacuation center or nearby town.
Keep paper documentation of your pet’s most recent vaccines, a picture of your pet, documentation of medical conditions and necessary medications in a small plastic bag with your evacuation items, Dr. Mandell suggests. Having access to a three-day supply of food and water and bringing bowls is also a good idea.
In addition, Birman points out that your emergency kit should include a cat first aid or dog first aid kit, a foil emergency blanket and a pet first aid book. The Kurgo pet first aid kit comes with 50 emergency items, including a thermal foil blanket and pet first aid guide.
“You should also consider including a muzzle or strips of cloth in the emergency kit,” Birman adds. “A dog without a drop of aggression in their temperament, who has never had a history of bites, may react very differently when in pain or extremely afraid, and it’s important to practice safe restraint to prevent a dog bite when administering care.”