886 S Pine St, PO Box 277

Grantsburg, WI 54840

Phone: (715) 463-2536

1(800) 924-0588

140 Evergreen Square SW

Pine City, MN 55063

Phone: (320) 629-7474

Don't Let Your Pet Become a Fire Statistic

7/13/2017

Become a Fire Statistic

The statistics on pets and fires are heartbreaking. Every year, approximately 1,000 pets accidentally start a fire in the home. Whether it’s knocking over a space heater or bumping a knob on a stove, these incidents happen more often than they should. Even more troubling, 40,000 pets succumb to injuries from a fire and more than 500,000 receive serious injuries every year. This is what prompted the American Kennel Club (AKC) and ADT Security Services to come together to create National Pet Fire Safety Day. It takes place annually on July 15, which falls on a Saturday this year.

 
Prevent Fires and Burn Injuries to Keep Your Pet Safe
Part of being a responsible pet owner is eliminating unnecessary risks, including the possibility of a house fire or your pet getting burned some other way. If you don’t have a smoke detector or only have one, be sure to install one on each floor of your home. Test the batteries often and change them before they have no power left at all. 
 
When it comes to preventing fires and burn injuries, you need to think like a dog or cat and pet-proof your home accordingly. That mean you need to look up from the floor and not down from your usual perspective. 
 
Stoves are a common area for pets to start fires, especially dogs. This is easy to understand when you consider that dogs have a strong sense of smell and just want to see what they’re missing. Unfortunately, they can bump a knob in the process with no one noticing until it’s too late. Pet-proofing also involves keeping hot items, like a clothes iron, out of your pet’s reach and putting them away immediately when you’re done with them.
 
If you have a fireplace in your home, never allow your pet near it unsupervised. This is true whether you’re currently burning logs or not, since your pet could injure herself on equipment you use for the fireplace. Additionally, keep your pet away from burning candles and blow them out before leaving the room. 
 
Placing your pets near the front of your home when you leave makes it easier for firefighters to find them. You may also want to consider placing a notification on your front door letting emergency responders know the types of animals you have and how many. This alerts them to look for pets when responding to an emergency. Lastly, make sure that you do a quick check for fire hazards whenever you leave your pet home alone. 
 
Develop a Fire Escape Plan That Includes Your Pet 
Every second counts when it comes to fires. You don’t want to waste precious time searching for your pet’s belongings when trying to get out of the house. We recommend placing food, medication, fresh bottled water, bedding, and toys into a sturdy bag and keeping it near the front door. If you have a large pet or you think he might run the other way in the stress of an emergency, place a collar and leash at the front of the house as well. It’s also a good idea to get a microchip for your pet ahead of time in case you do become separated in the chaos of a fire. 
 
Photo Credit: A Dog's Life Photo / Getty Images
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June is Social PETworking Month

6/19/2017
Social PET working
As a pet lover, it’s sad to think that millions of healthy animals must be euthanized every year because shelters simply don’t have the space to keep them indefinitely. Not all dogs and cats are lucky enough to have a responsible animal guardian who provides them with a loving home. In fact, many people surrender pets to shelters because they underestimated the responsibility involved with having a pet. Rescue organizations take animals from shelters and put them into volunteer foster homes until someone comes along to adopt them. 
 
Suggestions from Adopt-a-Pet.com
Even if you’re not able to adopt a new pet right now, you can use the power of social media to help shelter pets find their forever home during Social PETworking Month. The organization Adopt-a-Pet currently shares a photo and brief biography of a dog, cat, or other domestic pet each day on its Facebook page. It encourages followers to like or share the post to help that pet find a home and to call attention to the many other pets who need homes as well. 
 
During the month of June, Adopt-a-Pet is asking people to find a dog, cat, or other adoptable animal on its website and share the photo and biography on their own social media platforms. It is also asking people to share information about the Social PETworking challenge so the idea gains traction.
 
Those who really want to challenge themselves to help homeless pets can step things up by sharing information each day about animals waiting for new homes. For those who use Pinterest, another idea is to start a board of adoptable pets in the local area. If you have your own blog or website, consider adding search tools from Adopt-a-Pet to allow people to search for a new pet without having to leave your site.
 
How to Adopt from a Shelter or Rescue
If you locate a shelter pet online that you’re interested in adopting, the first step is to go to the shelter and ask to meet the pet. A worker will take him or her out of the cage and allow you to spend some time together. If you decide that this is the pet for you, you need to go to the front desk to pay the adoption fee and obtain the medical records. It’s especially important to have details about vaccines and the pet’s spay or neuter status. According to Adopt-a-Pet, adoption fees at shelters range from $25 to $125.
 
To adopt a rescue pet, send an email to the current foster care provider to express interest. You can also attend an adoption event. These normally take place on weekends at pet stores. Each rescue organization has its own adoption requirements, so be sure to read the instructions carefully before you proceed. This may include filling out an application and going through a phone interview before meeting the pet. Adoption fees typically range from $100 to $300 and may require you to sign a contract.
 
We would love to meet your new pet once you get him or her home. Please schedule a preventive care exam at Grantsburg Animal Hospital or Wild River Veterinary Clinic to get your new pet off to a great start.
 
Photo Credit: A Dog's Life Photo / Getty Images
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