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The Importance of Properly Identifying Your Pet: National Pet ID Week is April 14/April 16, 2019

Fluffy and Fido are more than just your pets, they are members of your family. The thought that your pet may become lost is unimaginable. Yet, it happens more often than you might think. It is estimated that 1 out of 3 pets will become separated from their owners at some point. Hopefully, your pet never becomes the 1 in 3, but you should take precautions in the event that the unthinkable happens. The best way to ensure the safe recovery and return of your dog or cat is proper identification.

Why Should You ID Your Pet?

Pet identification is one of the most important ways you can protect your pet. Should you ID your pet, even if he or she is an indoor cat or an indoor dog who only goes out on a leash? Yes, yes, yes! Every single pet should have some type of identification. Even indoor dogs and cats are prone to escaping under the right circumstances. A door accidentally left open, a pet notorious for slipping past someone coming in the door, or even Fido slipping his collar on a walk are all very common occurrences that lead to pets not being able to find their way home.

Different Types of Pet Identification

Collar Tags

Collar tags are the most widely recognized form of identification for both cats and dogs. Have your pet’s tag engraved with his or her name, your name, and phone number at the very least. Besides being able to quickly make contact with the owner, a collar with both a collar tag and a rabies tag, instantly lets people know that Fluffy or Fido belongs to someone, has a family, and is properly vaccinated.

Microchipping

Microchipping as a form of identification is becoming more and more popular among pet owners. The microchip is inserted just underneath the skin and contains all sorts of information including the pet’s name, age, veterinarian, owner’s name, address, and phone number. The average person does not have a scanner that can read microchips. However, most people will take a cat and dog they find to a veterinarian’s office and let them scan the pet for free. From there, the pet will be held safely until the owner can be reached.

Each type of identification has both pros and cons. Both dogs and cats are notorious for slipping collars or they can be removed if your pet is stolen. The average person will not be able to scan your pet for a microchip. The best approach is to combine a collar tag with a microchip.

Protect Your Four-Legged Family Members

Too many pets each year are sadly separated from their families and never reunited. National pet ID week is April 14-20. Protect your furry best friend by ensuring he or she has proper identification and help reduce the number of pets who are lost each year and never recovered due to lack of identification.

It’s Pet Poison Prevent Week: Find Out What Can Be Dangerous for Your Pets/March 19, 2019

Pet poison prevention week begins on March 17, and there’s no better time to discuss this important and scary subject. Many people don’t realize the dangers of certain foods, plants, and other common household objects to pets. Sadly, many of the things your pet can ingest in your home or yard can cause serious illness or even death. Prevention of this catastrophe begins with knowledge. Learn which items pose a threat to the health of your cat or dog and the symptoms that signal pet poisoning.

Poisonous Plants

There are many indoor and outdoor plants that are dangerous to both cats and dogs. While you may think that your pet has no interest in eating plants, they may gnaw on woody trunks or swallow nuts. Even the pollen from certain plants can be dangerous. Some of the plants most commonly found in homes and yards that are toxic for pets include lilies, sago palms, ivy, azaleas, tomato plants, and aloe vera.

Lilies, English ivy, and aloe vera are all common houseplants. Lilies aren’t dangerous for dogs but some species cause serious symptoms in cats. Ingestion of the plant or pollen can cause vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, and kidney failure. Aloe vera is a medicinal plant that soothes human skin problems. When your cat or dog ingests the sap, the results may include diarrhea, vomiting, tremors, and mental reactions. English ivy is often grown indoors in pots or outside to trail over fences and walls. The effects of this plant on your cat or dog may include vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and hypersalivation.

Sago palms, tomato plants, and azaleas are commonly found in lawns. Sago palms are grown indoors and outdoors. They are extremely poisonous to both cats and dogs. If your pet ingests any part of this plant, symptoms may include vomiting, bloody feces, coma, and seizures. Azaleas are flowering shrubs that are toxic to pets. Ingestion can cause weakness, blindness, and cardiac failure. If you are a pet parent with a green thumb, it is vital to keep dangerous plants away from your pets.

Dangerous Snacks

There are many snacks that are tasty for humans but extremely dangerous for pets. Certain candies are a common reason for pet illnesses. Most people are aware of the dangers of chocolate to pets. However, other dangerous foods are often overlooked.

Xylitol is probably not an ingredient most people are familiar with, but you’ve probably consumed it before. Xylitol is a sweetener found in gum, candy, and baked goods that can be deadly for your dog. Early symptoms include vomiting and lethargy. More serious effects include a blood sugar drop and liver failure. A small amount can cause severe symptoms within 15 to 30 minutes.

Surprisingly, fruits and vegetables can be dangerous to animals as well. Raisins can cause vomiting, lethargy, and lack of urination. Ingestion of raw onions and garlic can result in weakness, anemia, and liver damage.

Human Medications

If they aren’t stored properly, your medications can pose a serious danger for your pets. Many commonly prescribed and over-the-counter medicines make pets seriously ill. There are several medicines on the Pet Poison Helpline top ten poisons list for both cats and dogs.

Antidepressants and stimulant medications prescribed for ADHD are frequently reported in the poisoning of both cats and dogs. This is likely because they are commonly prescribed medicines. Early symptoms of these poisonings include vomiting and diarrhea. Antidepressants may also cause tremors, high body temperatures, and seizures. Even very small amounts of prescription stimulants can cause life-threatening seizures and heart problems in pets.

Commonly reported over-the-counter medicines include anti-inflammatories, acetaminophen (Tylenol), and vitamin D. These are common OTC medications found in many homes. Early symptoms of animal poisoning include abdominal pain and vomiting. More serious dangers of anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) include intestinal ulcers and kidney failure. Acetaminophen is especially dangerous to cats, potentially resulting in damage to red blood cells. It has the same life-threatening effect on dogs when large doses are ingested, and can also cause liver failure.

Prevention is the best medicine when it comes to the dangers of pet poisons. Some poisoning symptoms are irreversible. No matter how quickly you get help, you may not be able to save your furry family member. However, if you suspect your pet has already ingested something poisonous, it is important to contact your veterinarian immediately.

Keeping Your Pets Safe on July 4th/June 28, 2018

The fourth of July can be a lot of fun for people, but fireworks, picnics, and parties can all be stressful and even dangerous for pets. If your pet is frightened by noisy fireworks, he may run away in an attempt to escape; some holiday foods may be harmful as well. Traveling and summer heat can be perilous, as can firework debris left lying around that your pet may try to play with or eat. This year, make July 4th fun and safe for everyone involved – even your pets.

Before the Party

Before the celebration begins, make sure your dogs and cats have up-to-date identification tags with your contact information in case they do run off. In addition, it’s a good idea to have your dog or cat microchipped as well. The use of microchips is responsible for returning many lost animals to their worried owners. You should also take a current photo of your pets to have just in case. If you already know that fireworks make your pet anxious, speak with your vet about medication or behavioral therapy to make the holiday less scary. Finally, secure the area well, making sure that all fences and gates are closed or that the doors inside your home are shut to keep your pet confined to a safe area.

During the Celebration

When it’s time to party, take steps to keep your pets safe while you and your family and friends have a blast. First of all, if you’re going to a parade, fireworks display, party, or other gathering, leave your pets at home. Many people think it’s fun to take their pets with them to these types of events, but the noise, crowds, and unfamiliar surroundings can all be frightening, and your pet may get spooked and run away. Leave your pet at home in a safe, comfortable room during parties. Your dog or cat will be much happier snuggled up in their J’adore custom pet bed with a few safe treats. If you are expecting guests, place a note on the door reminding them to leave the room closed off.

If your pet doesn’t need to be kept in a separate room during the party, it’s still essential that you take some steps to keep them safe. Keep all fireworks, sparklers, charcoal, and skewers away from your pet, and don’t allow your pet to go near a hot grill (remember that it may remain hot for a long time after use).

Holidays often include lots of delicious food, but some of it isn’t safe for your pets. Avoid feeding your pets table scraps or foods intended for your human guests. Chocolate, onions, grapes, avocados, and foods containing xylitol are some of the things your pets shouldn’t eat. However, that doesn’t mean your pets can’t enjoy some treats, too – just stick to foods that are good for them such as berries, carrots, cucumber, and lean meats. You can also prepare some treats especially for your pet such as homemade cookies (use a recipe intended for dogs or cats) or frozen peanut butter inside a Kong.

Remember to keep your pets cool; the summer heat can be dangerous for cats and dogs alike. Make sure that they always have access to fresh water and never leave them inside a vehicle when it’s warm out.

Cleanup Time

When the party’s over, check your yard carefully for fireworks, food scraps, and anything else that might tempt a curious pet. Even if you didn’t set off fireworks on your property, neighbors may have, and their debris can make its way into your yard.
With a little preparation and common sense, your pets can have just as much fun this fourth of July as you do – and stay safe, happy, and healthy doing it.

Pet Patriotism Perfectly Possible with a Pre-designed J’adore Patriotic Pet Bed/June 8, 2018

No country celebrates its independence more exuberantly than the United States of America. Do you also start yearning for the 4th of July as soon as spring is at its peak with the sun shining brightly every day, the weather inviting you to go walking with your four-legged friend, and flowers growing in abundance? Perhaps you’re already planning the barbecue for which you’ve invited a record number of visitors, or you’ve got tickets for the ball game safely tucked away. This is the one day of the year where everyone can show that they respect our beautiful country.

Flags, garlands, bumper stickers, and other accessories in our stars & stripes are a prominent part of the 4th of July. Choosing appropriate music is also necessary—so is dressing your family up in clothing that suits the occasion. Include your dog or your cat too; after all, they’re part of the family. Do you think animals don’t understand patriotism? Don’t be too sure about this.

They Also Serve

In 1943, the PDSA Dickin Medal was founded by Mia Dickin, a British social reformer. This medal was initially awarded to honor animals for their bravery in World War II, but even in the 21st-century cats, dogs, horses, and pigeons may still receive it. The medal bears the words “For Gallantry” and “We Also Serve.”

Just like us, our pets deserve a chance to show pride on this special day. Tying a fancy collar, a bandana or bowtie round their neck doesn’t take long and doesn’t make them feel uncomfortable. You can also exchange their food bowl for one with an Old Glory motif.

Don’t Overdo It

Some people insist on putting their canine or feline friends in crazy white, blue, and red costumes. They will even add a little hat to complete the look. While pictures on the internet of the most patriotic pets are fun to look at, not every animal enjoys being treated like a doll. Dogs, especially older ones will allow their human friends such follies, but their own fur still suits them best.

Your pet can be patriotic every day of the year

Consider a J’Adore patriotic pet bed which is available in three styles, and in sizes ranging from XXS to XXL. The fabric is made of the same high-quality material as all our J’Adore pet beds. You can choose to have your pet’s name embroidered on the bed, but longer text is also possible. Let some patriotic mottos from great Americans such as Eleanor Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and even Walt Disney inspire you. If you’re unsure whether the text is too long, ask us.

Appreciating the Day in an Unusual Way

While you may look forward to the parade, consider that some cats or dogs do not necessarily feel the same. Not every animal feels entirely at ease near or in a great crowd, while loud music is playing, especially accompanied by sharp whistles or the thumps of big drums. While you love your dogs, you may want to leave them at home, especially if they’re still relatively young and excitable.

A Stressful Display and a Cozy Hideaway

The firework explosions too can be overly noisy for canine or feline spectators. Many helpful tips exist, some even based on scientific information. Since every pet is different, what works for one does not necessarily work for another. For many four-footed friends, a haven may be all it needs. If your pet is already the lucky owner of a J’Adore pet bed where it can feel at ease, your Fourth of July may be as perfect as you planned it.

Keep Your Pet Safe for National Pet ID Week and Year-Round/April 12, 2018

All kinds of pets go missing each day. Whether it’s a determined dog that has managed to jump over the fence in his yard or a sneaky cat that has slipped through the front door, there are many ways that our furry friends can become lost. All told, it’s estimated that over 10 million pets go missing each year in the United States alone! That is why it is so vital to ensure that your pets are properly identifiable so that a moment of panic does not potentially become a lifetime of regret.

With the help of National Pet ID Week, observed this year from April 15-21, pet owners are encouraged to take the time necessary to make sure that their pets are correctly ID’d and micro-chipped. It takes moments to get tags or chips that could save your four-legged friend’s life and make sure he or she remains close. Once you have taken steps to keep your pet safe, why not treat them to a secure space they can call their own, with a custom pet bed from J’adore?

Preventing Your Pets from Becoming Another Unfortunate Statistic

Nobody plans to lose their pet, but for many families this an unfortunate reality. While many pets simply escape their homes, yards or other enclosures, others may be stolen or hiding due to illness. Whatever the case may be, the statistics for unidentified lost pets are grim. Less than two percent of lost cats and only 15 to 20 percent of dogs are ever recovered. The sad fact is that without identification, most missing pets are never reunited with their original owners.

It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to preventing pet loss. Getting external ID tags for your pet’s collar, as well as getting your pet microchipped, are a great way to better the odds that your pet will be reconnected with you if they become lost. If your cat or dog ever ends up at a shelter, routine checks for identification should be able to bring up your information, provided you have at least a phone number or address listed on the tag or registered with the chip. As many animal shelters are overcrowded as it is, it is essential that shelter workers can identify your pet as quickly as possible.

What To Do if You Suspect Your Cat or Dog is Missing

Assuming you have given your pet highly visible ID tags and they are micro-chipped, the best thing to do if you suspect your pet is missing or stolen is not to panic but act immediately. If you are certain that your pet is no longer on your property, you may consider asking neighbors if they have seen your cat or dog or placing fliers. Check local shelters or rescue groups to see if your pet has entered their system. You can even leverage social media to expand your search and to keep more eyes on the lookout. In short, be prepared to utilize whatever resources are available. Your persistence could make all the difference.

Creating a Safe, Personalized Place for Your Pets

While it is hopeful that you will never have to deal with the terror that comes with losing a lost pet, if you have taken the right precautions and ID’ed your pet, you should allow yourself to have some peace of mind as a responsible pet parent. To show your pet your love, and to give them a safe space for their comfort, you could consider getting them their own personalized pet bed. You can design all the details, and even have their name embroidered, so there is no question who the owner is.

Each custom-made cuddle pet bed is made from furniture-grade upholstery for the utmost in creature comfort. If your pet is a heavy shedder, you can reverse the bed and give it a fresh new look when needed. To learn more about how you can make a one-of-a-kind bed that is as unique and special as your fuzzy companion is to you, contact J’adore for more details.

Learn How to Keep Your Pets Safe During National Poison Prevention Week/March 22, 2018

It’s something no pet parent wants to contemplate—the idea that their precious cat or dog could have swallowed something poisonous or encountered a hazardous substance around the home. As unpleasant this thought may be, it’s essential that all pet owners be aware of possible dangers lurking in the house or backyard that their animals may meet. Because the threat of poisoning can affect any family, National Poison Prevention Week is observed nationwide during the third week in March (this year between March 18th and the 24th), with the goal of raising awareness of the potential dangers posed by cleaning products, medicines, pesticides, food poisoning and more. To avoid a trip to the emergency vet and possible tragedy, read on to discover some of the most common toxic or otherwise harmful household hazards your pet may encounter.

Common Household and Backyard Poisons to Watch Out For

If you’re like most pet owners, you go out of your way to ensure that your pets are kept safe and contented, from the food that you give them to the choice of toys you provide. However, many everyday household products or plants may be dangerous to your pet.

Human medications pose one of the most easily avoided causes of poisoning in pets. Just as parents of small children are advised to keep all medicines securely out of reach, the same thing goes for pet owners as well. Thankfully, your furry friend likely lacks opposable thumbs, so merely ensuring that all pill bottles are shut tight and that no medications are left out in the open will probably do the trick. Similarly, you should never give your pet drugs intended for human use unless directed to by a vet.

Many popular types of houseplants and backyard ornamentals are also potentially dangerous for our pets. Among the most lethal and most common ones found in warmer climates is the sago palm. This innocuous looking plant can cause severe liver damage or failure when ingested by dogs. Other plants wary pet owners should keep an eye out for are most varieties of lilies, morning glories, oleander, and poinsettia. If you suspect that your pet has chewed on or eaten a part of a poisonous plant, or they are vomiting or showing signs of distress, be sure to bring them in to see an emergency vet as soon as possible.

Why You Should Watch What You Put in Your Doggy Bag

While your dog or cat is undoubtedly a part of the family that does not mean that everything that you eat is safe for them as well. In fact, a wide variety of human foods can make our animal friends quite ill. Some of these stomach-turning treats include onions, garlic, chocolate, raisins or grapes, macadamia nuts and sugarless gum (or anything containing the additive xylitol). In small amounts, many of these foods just cause nausea or perhaps some vomiting, while others are so potentially harmful that even a tiny nibble could put your pet’s life at risk.

Why risk giving your pet a stomach ache? Be sure to check with your vet about safe human food offerings (including well-cooked turkey and spinach for dogs or fish for your cat) before you give in to their begging.

Safe Ways to Pamper Your Pet Each Day

Now that you know of some of the most common household dangers to be aware of when it comes to keeping your pets free from harm, you may be curious about how you can treat your pet in a loving, safe and healthy way. One of the best ways to show your pet that you love them is by providing them with their own private, comfy place to lie down, such as with a custom pet bed designed by you from J’adore. Whether you choose one of our popular reversible cuddle pet beds or treat your furry companion to a plush and luxurious throne bed, you can rest assured that they will have a safe place to call their own.

Foods That Are Okay for Dogs During Thanksgiving/November 21, 2017

Thanksgiving is here, and your dog will inevitably be begging to “help” you prepare that big turkey dinner. Most dog owners share food with their furry friends from time to time, and there’s nothing wrong with that – as long as you choose foods that are not only tasty, but good for your dog, too. There are plenty of safe holiday treats your dog can enjoy with you, including:

  • Turkey: You can absolutely share the star of the dinner table with your dog. Turkey is a great lean protein that benefits your dog’s health and makes them super happy, too. It’s best if you stick to white meat and remove any excess fat and skin. Make sure to remove any bones as well.
  • Mashed potatoes: Your dog loves mashed potatoes as much as you do, and they’re good for them, too. Just be aware of any added ingredients and don’t share potatoes that contain butter, sour cream, cheese, onions, or gravy. You could always mash one of the cooked potatoes to share with your dog before adding the extras for the rest of the family.
  • Cranberry sauce: Cranberry sauce won’t harm your dog, and they may love its tart sweetness. Do stick to a small helping, though, since it contains large amounts of sugar – not ideal for dogs (or people, but hey, it’s Thanksgiving).
  • Macaroni and cheese: Unless you know your dog’s stomach doesn’t handle dairy well, this comforting favorite should be fine. If your dog is better off without dairy, you can slip them a little plain macaroni, sans cheese.
  • Green beans: Plain green beans are an excellent addition to your dog’s diet any time of year. In fact, your dog can eat many fresh vegetables, including green beans, carrots, cucumbers, peas, spinach, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin (but at Thanksgiving, watch out for pumpkin pie and other dishes where the pumpkin recipe includes iffy ingredients).

Foods Your Dog Cannot Eat

Along with the foods above, which are safe and healthy for pets, there are also plenty of foods you should avoid feeding them. The following foods are potentially harmful – even lethal – to dogs, so keep them far away from your pooch’s plate.

  • Onions and garlic: Foods that contain alliums, such as onions, garlic, scallions, and leeks, should not be fed to dogs. Large amounts of these foods can lead to toxic anemia.
  • Grapes: Many people don’t realize that grapes (and, by extension, raisins), can be highly toxic to dogs, potentially causing kidney failure.
  • Xylitol: You may be making a healthier choice for most of your family by choosing an artificial sweetener to cut calories, but keep in mind that xylitol is poisonous to pets. Avoid feeding sweeteners that contain it.
  • Chocolate: Most people know that they shouldn’t share chocolate with their dogs. Make sure your dog doesn’t get his paws on any – especially baking chocolate.
  • Alcohol: Alcohol is a hard no for pets. What you may think is a small amount may be enough to make a little dog very sick. Remember to watch out for unexpected places alcohol may lurk during the holidays, such as in fruitcake and unbaked bread dough.

When you’ve all eaten your fill (Fido included), and you’re ready for a nap, make sure your dog has a comfortable place to rest, too, with a custom pet bed from J’adore. Also, if you’re planning to start your holiday shopping this Black Friday, remember that a custom pet bed is a perfect gift for your dog to discover under the tree! All of us at J’adore wish you and your entire family a very happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving.

5 Human Foods Your Dog Can and Can Not Eat/August 3, 2017

As dog owners, we love to share with our pets. Sharing space (hello sofas!) and even sharing food. But as a pet parent, you likely wonder what human foods are okay to share with your pup and which aren’t.

Here are just a few. For a more complete list, here’s a great one from the Humane Society.

CAN

Some Nuts – Peanuts are okay. A healthier option if they are raw and unsalted. You can also give your dog cashews, but only a few at a time. These are fatty nuts and cause weight gain if too many are consumed.

Cheese – As long as your dog or can’t isn’t lactose intolerant, this is okay. But keep it in small amounts.

Chicken, Salmon and Turkey – All good, as long as it’s cooked. If you’re making some for yourself for dinner, you can definitely share a piece or two with your best friend. They’ll be most appreciative!

Eggs – Also okay, as long as the egg is cooked. Whether it’s a boiled egg or scrambled.

Peanut Butter – This is okay, but keep it limited. These are great for training (put some in a kong toy) or if you need to hide medication in it. But limit use

CAN NOT

Some Nuts – Just say no to pecans, macadamia nuts and walnuts as they are highly toxic to dogs. Also, avoid almonds. While they aren’t toxic to dogs, they can block the esophagus if they aren’t chewed properly. And we know dogs often skip the chewing part of what they view as treats and just go straight to the swallow portion.

Chocolate – This is a big no no for dogs. Whether it’s regular chocolate or dark chocolate, your dog shouldn’t eat even the smallest amount. Chocolate contains a substance called methylxanthines which is incredibly toxic for pups. If your dog does eat chocolate, rush them to your vet for emergency care. They will need immediate treatment. If you suspect your dog may have ingested chocolate but aren’t sure, you can contact the Pet Poison Helpline for assistance first.

Grapes – Definitely not. Grapes – and raisins – are highly toxic for dogs. Do not give them to your pup under any circumstance. Here’s a list of symptoms from PetMD to look out for in case you suspect your dog may have eaten a grape or raisin.

Onions & Garlic – This may seem like an obvious no, but definitely never share anything made with onions with your dog. Same goes for herbs like garlic. For example, if you’re thinking of sharing some left over spaghetti sauce – definite no. Things like onions and garlic are not good for your pup, so skip it. According to the AKC, poisoning from garlic and onions may have delayed symptoms, so if you think your dog may have eaten some, monitor him or her for a few days, not just right after consumption.

Products Made with Xylitol – Xylitol is a sweetner used in many products as a sugar substitute. While it’s okay for humans – it’s incredibly toxic to dogs and the number of pet related deaths as a result has skyrocketed in recent years. Products which use these include sugar-free gum, candies, breath mints, pudding snacks, and children’s chewable or gummy vitamins and supplements. These products are often in easy reach of dogs – specifically sugar-free gum. Please be very aware of keeping these products away from your dog. Learn more about the very quick dangers of Xylitol here.

National Pet Fire Safety Day is July 15/July 14, 2017

This Saturday, July 15, marks National Pet Fire Safety Day in the United States. The National Fire Protection Association reports that household pets are responsible for over 1,000 house fires in the US each year and at least 40,000 pets die each year in house fires.

So how you can keep your pets – and your family – safe from fire? Here are a few tips.

If you’re leaving home for more than a few minutes, remove stove knobs. Pets are notorious for touching things they shouldn’t. Once you’re out of sight, their curious side really comes out. This can be incredibly dangerous when it comes to stove knobs. They can touch the knob, turning the stove on, and then walk across a glass-top stove not realizing it’s on. Or worse, if you’ve left an item on the stove – it can immediately start a fire and spread quickly.

Here’s an example of what happened when a Labrador was interested in pizza on a gas stove. Fortunately his owners were home and able to quickly put out the fire.

Don’t leave candles unsupervised. The flicker of a candle can be mesmerizing for pets, especially cats. They will often go to swat at it and once the heat scares them – the candle can become knocked over as they run away.

Don’t leave a space heater unattended. During cold winter months, pets like to be in places where it’s warm (just like us!). It’s incredibly important to not leave one on unattended. A pet can lay next to one and their hair can catch on fire. Or they can knock items in front of the space heater which become enflamed.

Be sure smoke detectors have fresh batteries. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, smoke detectors should be tested at least once a month and batteries should be replaced at least twice a year. Most dectectors have a button you can push to do a manual test. It’s very simple and won’t take more than a few seconds. Check your owner’s manual for instructions. Making sure your batteries are in working order means if there is a fire in your home – you’ll be alerted quickly.

Make a rescue plan. And by “make a plan” – we mean a literal plan. Draw a diagram of you home and know the escape routes. How will you get your dog out of the house? What’s the best way to transport your cat? Or birds? Or other pets? Think all of this through so you’re not having to try to figure this out in the moment. Share it with all family members so they know the plan of action and can take charge if they are closer in proximity to a certain pet at the time the fire breaks out.

Have an emergency kit ready to go. Keep a pet emergency kit in your car should you need to evacuate your home. Keep anything non-perishable (water, box of bones or treats, familiar toys, spare pet bed). Also, be sure to have the name/phone number of your vet stored in your phone as well as the name/number of the local emergency after-hours clinic should you need them.

Hopefully these tips will help get you started as you think about pet fire safety. Our pets are family and their safety is our top priority!