Fire season started early for Australia this year and as such PetSafe® BrandAustralia is urging all pet owners to ensure they have included their pet’sneeds when creating their Bush Fire Safety Plans.

“Pet owners will make sure they take their pets when they are forced toevacuate due to a fire,” said Zarqa Ali, Australian Marketing Manager forPetSafe®, “however, it can be overlooked that pets have needs too andtherefore an Emergency Pet Kit should be included in your plans.”

PetSafe® Australia has pulled together a four step easy to follow checklistfor your pets should you need to evacuate your home.

1. Know where your pets are.

If fire is threating your area, but you are not required to evacuate yet, beprepared by knowing where your pets are. If necessary keep them contained inone area of your home so that if you are required to leave fast you aren’twasting precious time searching or chasing them.

2. Prepare your Emergency Pet Kit

Plan your Emergency Pet Kit early, know what you want to put in it and whereeverything is located. This kit should include items such as:

· Fresh Water Bottles (and plenty of them)

· Dry Pet Food in sealable bags or containers (not wet)

· Bowls for drinking and eating

· Blankets for warmth and bedding

· Carrier for smaller animals (cats etc.) to keep them contained and calm

· Harness or lead to ensure they stay with you and not run from fear

· Vaccinations or medication should they require it

3. Know your exit strategy

When the time comes for you to leave ensure you have investigated where youare going as not all evacuation centres are able to accommodate pets.

4. Keep connected

Keep connected to local council and fire and rescue as well as connecting toother pet owners in your area via social media who could help or accommodateyou in emergency.

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