Pet Bush Fire Survival Plan – Don’t Forget Your Pet
The Bush Fire Season is well underway and while many residents have a Bush Fire Survival Plan, pets are often not included. Dr. Joe Daley would like to remind all pet owners to include your pet in your Bush Fire Survival Plan. To help we have prepared an Ark Vet Pet Survival Checklist below. Take the time to make sure your best friend is well prepared for any emergency your family might face.
Ark Vet Pet Survival Checklist:
Prepare Pet Bush Fire Survival Plan
Prepare disaster evacuation plans while things are calm. Bushfires are stressful events for pets and planning ahead can reduce the strain for all involved.
Microchip Your Pet
Ensure your pets are microchipped so they can be reunited with you in the event of being separated in an emergency. It is also essential to update the contact details that your pet is registered under. This can be done by completing forms and sending them in to your local council.
Your Evacuation Plan
Decide whether you are going to evacuate or stay at home. If you stay at home confine the pets to the safest enclosed room of the house, such as the bathroom, and make sure there is food and water. DO NOT tie your pet up. If you need to evacuate, know where you can take your pets. Consider friends’ houses, boarding kennels and animal shelters outside the danger zone. If you are going away on holidays, make sure you tell your neighbours or pet sitters what the evacuation plan is.
Prepare an emergency kit with plenty of non-perishable food and water in spill proof containers. If using canned food include a can opener.
Emergency kit should include:
Prescribed medications, collar, harness, lead, cage, litter tray and litter, toys, blankets, treats and first aid kit.
Pet First Aid Kit
- Gauze swabs
- Cotton wool
- Latex gloves
- Muzzle/leather gloves – even placid animals can become aggressive when injured or in stressful situations
5. After the Emergency
Survey the area around your house and yard for hazards such as sharp objects and dangerous materials. Check pets for any injuries and release them indoors only. Allow uninterrupted rest to recover from trauma and stress. Consider setting your pet up in a crate, laundry or bathroom.
For further details on how to protect your pet in the event of a bushfire drop in and see the staff at The Ark Veterinary Hospital.
To download your NSW Rural Fire Service Pet Survival Fact Sheet Click Here