National Pet Fire Safety Day

Posted On: 07-15-2014

dog fire safetyToday is National Pet Fire Safety Day.  We all love our pets and want to keep them safe.  So here are some ideas on how to prevent fires, and how to be prepared for them.

Preventing Fires:

  • Never leave an open flame unattended.  Pets are curious creatures and can easily cause a fire to start if left alone with an open flame. Since candles can easily be knocked over, try investing in flameless candles instead.
  • Don’t let your pet be around the stove alone.  Even if a burner is not on, pets can bump or move the knobs, which can easily start a fire.  Keep your pets out of the kitchen or remove the knobs to keep your home, and pets, safe.
  • Glass water bowls on wooden decks can start fires.  We’ve all see the science experiment where you use a magnifying glass to start leaves or grass on fire.  Well, glass bowls can do the same thing.  Opt for a ceramic or stainless steel bowl instead.

Preparing for fires if away:

  • When you leave, keep your pets near an entrance with collars on.  That way, if there is a fire, they will be easy to find and rescue.
  • Put a Pet Alert cling in your front window with the number of pets you have inside your house.  This allows rescuers to know how many pets to look for.

Preparing for fires when at home:

  • Make a family disaster plan and include your pet.  Who will be responsible for each pet?
  • Remember where your pet hides when scared.  This may be where it will go if a fire breaks out.
  • Plan to take your pet’s carrier when evacuating.  This will keep your pet contained and somewhat comfortable in a scary situation.
  • Ask a friend or family member if they will care for your pet in case there is an emergency so that, if you become displaced from your home, your pet will have someplace to go.

We hope that these tips will keep you and your pet safe and fire free!

Summer Safety Tips for Playing in the Sun with Your Pets

Posted On: 07-07-2014

summer tips for petsSummer fun is usually spent in the sun.  While it nice to enjoy the warm weather with your pet outdoors, proper precautions are key to keeping your pet safe in the heat.  Here are a few tips from America’s Family Pet Expo:

  • Stay in the shade.  The hot sun may make for a good tan, but as with humans, can cause dehydration and skin burns.  Also, the hot ground can hurt your pet’s paws.
  • Water, water, water.  Make sure your pet has plenty of fresh, clean water to drink.
  • Know the limit.  Be wary of over-exercising your pet, especially when it is extremely hot.  Signs of overheating include:excessive panting, difficulty breathing, increased heart  rate, increased respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, and stupor.  Some cases even include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.   Some pets are more susceptible to heat stroke, so do a little research to know what your pet can handle.
  • No parking.  Never leave your pet alone in a parked vehicle.  The temperature in a parked car rises very quickly and can be fatal.
  • Sport a cool do. Trimming down that hair in the summer months can be a lot cooler for your dog, but never shave it.  The fur protects it from overheating and sunburn.  For your cat, brushing it more often can help prevent overheating.
  • Lather up.  Pets can get sunburn too. If you plan to be out in the sun during peak  hours (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.), put a little sunscreen (made specifically for pets) on unprotected areas like the tips of the ears, the tip of the nose, and the skin around the lips.

Summer in the sun is so much fun (especially in Southern California), so enjoy the warmth and enjoy the time with your pet!

Keeping Your Pet Safe while Celebrating the 4th of July

Posted On: 06-30-2014

4th of July Pet SafetyCelebrating our Nation, the freedom it provides, and the people who have provided it should be a wonderfully joyous time and a time we like to share with our loved ones, including our pets.  While we partake in the festivities, here are a few tips to make sure your pet has a good, safe holiday weekend.

  • Have a private party.  If you want to celebrate with your pet, do an activity you know your pet will enjoy by yourselves or with a select group.  Chances are, your pet won’t enjoy the loud noises and lack of space that will probably come with the regular 4th of July festivities.   Celebrate with your pet, then venture out on your own to the other gatherings and let your pet enjoy the peace and quiet.
  • Get your own goodies.    Part of the fun of the 4th of July is all the great food!  But be wary of what your pet gets a hold of. There are many foods pets should not partake of.  Instead of turning to table scraps, try getting a special pet-friendly treat so your furry friend doesn’t miss out on the fun.
  • Block out the noise.  Fireworks may be pretty, but they are also loud and can make animals very skittish.  Put your pets in a safe, comfortable room.  Put on the TV or radio to help drowned out the loud booms and close the blinds to block out the bright lights.
  • Leave the human stuff for the humans. Sunscreen, insect repellent, citronella, glow sticks, and other Fourth of July staples are meant for humans, not for animals.  Any of these items, if digested, can cause your pet to get sick.  While you may know not to eat them, your pet may not, so keep them out of reach.

We at America’s Family Pet Expo hope you have a safe, fun fourth of July!