How to keep your furry family member safe during the Bush Fire season.
With the days getting warmer, a proper plan to survive a bush fire is very important, if living in a rural area. You also need to ensure that your four legged family members are also included in your safety plans.
All households in bushfire prone areas need to ensure that they have a proper Bushfire plan in place and rehearse this plan multiple times to make sure everyone is extremely familiar with the plan.
Here are some important steps you can include in your Bush fire survival plan
Make sure all your dogs are micro chipped and wearing a collar. – All dogs should wear a collar with their name and your details (i.e. phone number and address if possible). Also make sure that all the tags are up to date with your current contact details.
Are you planning to keep your pets with you? It’s always safer to send your dogs to a low risk bushfire area if the risks are getting higher. Discuss in advance with your relatives or friends that you wish to relocate your dog with during code red days.
In case a bushfire breaks out when no one is home, in this case please speak to a couple of neighbours and ensure they are happy to take your dog with them. Offer to do the same for their pets.
Never leave your dogs in a vehicle on a hot day – Never ever leave your dog unattended in a parked car for any period of time. Vehicles heat up super-fast and dogs can die quickly from heat strokes.
Keep your dogs cool and comfortable – If a dog looks like it is suffering with the heat. Cool it down slowly by running some cool not cold water through their fur. Also you can freeze an empty ice cream tub of water to put in with their water.
Keep your pet indoors during code red days– secure them indoors on a lead or with a pet carer and keep sufficient water and blankets to keep them comfortable.
Look out for warning signs – Salivating, excessive panting, vomiting and whining and showing signs of stress.
If your dog displays any of these symptoms please take them to the vet immediately.
Put together a dog relocation kit in advance-
What to include
- Food (dry dog food and canned dog food) and fresh water
- Food and water bowls
- Spare ID tags, collars, and leads
- Vet’s contact details
- Their medical records and proof of vaccination
- A dog first aid kit (check with the vet)
- Waste bags