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Snapshot of fires burning in the Western US as of 10/18/20. The red arrows are active fires over 1000 acres. via

October Awareness: National Animal Safety & Protection Month

Sadly, in our home of Colorado and much of the West, fires are burning massive acreage. Near many dwellings. Where there are humans, there are pets. Are You Prepared?

Protecting your dog or cat is a pet owner’s primary responsibility. FCVC knows this isn’t easy in the world we live in. Unlike the cute dachshund in our picture (below), you can’t just wrap them up in a protective bag to keep them safe. Things just happen. They eat things they shouldn’t. They wander off in that second you weren’t looking. They get in fights with other pet friends. External events like fires, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes happen. However, you can take preparedness steps so that you aren’t caught totally off-guard.

This October, observe National Animal Safety and Protection Month using these tips:

Be Ready to Evacuate

You have to think for your animals, because they cannot do this for themselves. (It’s also a good jump start on thinking what you might need for your family to go.) Save the stress of doing this at the last minute. Create a quick pick-up-and-go bag or box for your animals. Have a supply your pet(s) food(s) and medications for 3 to 5 days in the box that. If you have multiple pets, you may need multiple boxes. Think leashes, carriers, toys, blankets, pillows or towels, and any clothing they might have. Get a case of water to take, or fill gallon jugs. You and your pets will get thirsty. Then put all of this in a spot close to your vehicle.

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Protection tips for your pet

Have a pet first aid kit

For minor animal injuries and illnesses, a pet first aid kit is essential.  You can create your own from human first aid supplies or purchase one online or at a pet supply store.  Every pet first aid kit should have these supplies:

  • Veterinary and emergency clinic contact information
  • Tweezers
  • Disposable gloves
  • Penlight
  • Rectal thermometer
  • Cold / heat packs
  • Leash
  • Gauze
  • Bandage rolls
  • Wound disinfectant
  • Hydrogen peroxide

Animal Safety as Doggy CPR

CPR, also known as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is generally used when you cannot feel or hear the dog’s heart beating. If the dog stops breathing, his heart will go into cardiac arrest in will no longer beat. It is absolutely crucial to understand that this should be a last resort as it could potentially cause physical damage to your dog’s body. Follow the steps below when performing doggy CPR:

  1. Lay him on a flat surface with his ride side lying against the flat surface.
  2. Cup the palms of your hands and place on palm on the right or left side above the heart.
  3. Compress his chest one-third the width of her chest and count to one; then let go and count to one. You can do this up to 100 compressions in one minute.
  4. Breathe into his mouth once every five compressions.
  5. Continue this process until he begins breathing.

Besides CPR it is also important to know how to perform the Heimlich Maneuver on a dog.

Pet-proof your home

Keep plants and foods toxic to pets out of paws’ reach. Cleaning supplies and car fluids can also be dangerous.  Puppy-proofing and kitten-proofing your home is essential for pet safety. Tie up curtain hangings and blind pulls to prevent accidental strangulation. Walk through your home and look for any potential pet hazards. Chewable electric cords, low-hanging plants, and cleaning chemicals are all dangerous to pets.

Consider pet insurance

As pet owners, we know you can’t protect your pet from everything – that’s what pet insurance is for.  In thinking about National Animal Safety and Protection Month, consider getting pet insurance. With pet insurance, you’ll never have to worry about the costs of unexpected illnesses and injuries.  We can give you information on pet insurance. Give us a call at 970-587-5140 or stop by for a brochure.

Related articles of interest – 4 Steps For Pets Disaster Preparedness, Canine First Aid Kit Essentials, September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month and Is Pet Insurance Worth It?

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