Clay Humane Offers Tips to Keep Pets Safe As Wildfires Rage in Our Area
Nonprofit Veterinary Clinic Warns of Smoke Inhalation and Anxiety Dangers for Pets
ORANGE PARK, Fla. – (May 12, 2017) — With the recent wildfires in the area, Clay Humane, a nonprofit veterinary clinic in Orange Park, is reminding pet owners of proper fire safety and prevention to protect pets from smoke inhalation and anxiety.
“Statistics show half a million pets are affected by smoke and 40,000 pets are killed by fires annually,” said Dr. Christian Broadhurst, senior staff veterinarian at Clay Humane. “As wildfires rage in our area, take some preventative measures to help all members of your family, including the pets.”
Dr. Broadhurst recommends:1. Create a fire escape plan. Set up a meeting place and multiple routes in order to exit your house safely and quickly. Always include your pet in your evacuation plan. Pet friendly shelters in your area are identified by emergency operations coordinators as the need arises.
2. Free your home (and spaces surrounding where your outdoor pets live) of brushy areas: This will help deplete the fire sources around your home, protecting the entire family.
3. Know your pets’ hiding places: The smell of smoke and sound of burning substances are scary for pets. Pet can get frightened and hide in places where they feel secure. Knowing your pets hiding places will help you find them quickly so that everyone can exit the home.
4. Create a pet emergency kit: This pet emergency kit should supply your pet with an adequate amount of food, any prescriptions your pet needs and his / her vaccine history in case you need to board your pet.
5. Decrease the amount of time your pet is outside: Avoid dog parks and long walks. Pets have a keen sense of smell, and they can smell smoke from far away and may become irritable or frightened.
6. Ensure your pet is wearing proper identification: If your pet should become upset and run away during a wildfire or any other emergency, make sure they are microchipped and wearing a tag with your current contact information to help reunite you with your pet.
“Even if you think you are out of harm’s way, you should take certain preventative measures when wildfires are burning near you,” said Dr. Broadhurst. “If you notice your pet gagging or coughing, visit your veterinarian as soon as possible.”
About Clay Humane
Clay Humane is a nonprofit animal welfare organization offering spay / neuter surgeries and other veterinary care at substantially reduced rates. Located in Orange Park, Fla., the clinic also offers humane education, pet behavioral counseling, pet therapy, wildlife protection and disaster preparation and response. Established in 1978, Clay Humane relies on grants, donations and fundraisers to operate and is committed to providing care to animals throughout Florida’s First Coast. For more information about Clay Humane, please visit www.clayhumane.org.
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