Because emergency action plans for your family should include your animals, the Animal Emergency Center of North Fulton hosted a safety event on July 13, to help educate the public about pet fire safety and disaster preparedness. Home fires are the most common disaster and also the most preventable. According to the United States Fire Administration, an estimated 500,000 pets are affected annually by fires.
The best way to protect your pets from the effects of a fire is to include them in your family plan. This includes having their own disaster supplies kit as well as arranging in advance for a safe place for them to stay if you need to leave your home. In the event of a disaster, if you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them, too.
Attendees learn how to perform CPR on pets, some first aid treatments, obedience training, dental care, and diet and nutrition tips. The Georgia SPCA had a offsite pet adoption.
Camp Bow Wow, Top Dogs, Heather Gaston Agency Insurance Professionals, Best Friends Blood Bank, Home Depot (with kids' work shops), Q100, K-911 Dog Training, Casey Spinks of Close to My Heart Scrapbooking, as well as many other local pet friendly businesses attended the event.
The American Red Cross was also present to educate the public about their new Pet First Aid App. The American Red Cross Pet First Aid app puts veterinary advice for everyday emergencies in the palm of your hand. Get the app and be prepared to act when called upon. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to know Pet First Aid.
Pet First Aid App Features:
- Convenient toggle between cat and dog content.
- Simple step-by-step instructions guide you through everyday emergencies in the palm of your hand.
- Prepare and protect your pet’s health with advice on administering medication, time to say goodbye, behavioral help and how to act in a disaster situation.
- Early warning sign checker for preventive care.
- Programmable veterinary contact number to be available when needed throughout the app.
- Learn first aid steps for over 25 common pet situations through a combination of text, video and images, in addition to identifying common toxic substances.
- Locate your nearest emergency vet hospital or pet-friendly hotels.
- Respond to pet emergencies with “how to” videos for the common and stressful emergency situations inclusive of size specific CPR techniques.
- Customize multiple pet profiles and set veterinary appointments.
- Interactive quizzes allow you to earn badges that you can share with your friends along with a picture of your pet.