Post # 1
Sorry for the serious post, but earlier this week we had a scare when the smoke alarm at my house went off in the middle of the night. I got up and smelt smoke, like something burning, in the living room where my snake is kept. We couldn’t feel any heat or see any smoke or fire. We turned off the heater, I unplugged his heat pad (just until we could figure out what had caused the alarm to go off), but couldn’t find the source and decided it was just a false alarm. However, this really got me thinking about what I’d do with him in case of emergency. If there were a real fire, I can’t just grab his heavy glass tank and run. Who knows how much time could be, for lack of a better word, wasted digging around trying to find where he’s hidden. I love my pets, but it wasn’t until then that I realized just how unprepared I am in regard to their safety during an emergency.
From what I’ve read, at least for fires, you’re supposed to get out and let firefighters know where your pets may be to get them out as well. I hate the idea of just leaving him. It’s not like he can escape on his own from his tank. It’s kinda built to do the opposite. I also don’t see rescue workers going out of their way to get the bulky, heavy snake tank to safety as much as dogs or cats.
Does anyone have a plan for their pets if something were to happen? I use fire because that’s what got me thinking, but if you’re in an area prone to earthquakes, flooding, etc, what do you plan to do?
Post # 3
I would take them with me, they would be a top priority along with necessary papers that can’t be replaced. They are family, no one would leave their child behind in an emergency, why leave the pets behind?
Post # 4
@Jacqui90: I guess I meant more what your plan to get them to safety is. Ideally, I think any pet owner would make their pets’ safety a priority as much as a child. The difference is children learn fire safety in school. You can have home fire drills to practice. Pets not so much.
Post # 5
@HonoraryNerd: Maybe have something portable on hand to wheel him out?
Pets would be a top priority for me but a dog is much easier to move….I would consider finding something portable that you easily put him in. It may not be pretty and could be a little tramatic but is there something you can quickly use to scoop him out? Like a net?
EDIT: you could totally practice scooping and moving him to safety! He may not be a happy camper but at least you would be practiced and prepared!
Post # 6
@HonoraryNerd: I don’t think I could ever just leave my pets for firefighters to find. I don’t have a specific plan in place, but it’s something I think about often. The dog isn’t as much of a concern- he’s either laying next to us or he’s in his crate with his leash nearby. I would hold the cat outside if I had to, but she’s used to going in her carrier so that would be ideal. My worst nightmare would be having to slip out without them.
Post # 7
Yes. We have stickers on our doors that note how many and what animals are in our house, just in case. We have discussed what we would do in case of an emergency. Our pets are our children (2 dogs and 1 tortoise). the tortoise is more difficult to save.
Post # 8
I learned this the hard way with my foster greyhound… It wasnt a fire, but i got rushed from work into hospital in an ambulance and was stuck there…. I’m living alone and I dont know ANYONE within an hour of where I’m living. Most of my close friends here dont have cars either. I was panicked.
I was phoning all the local doggy daycares (there arent many… Its rural ireland…) and my landlord to see if they had a spare key to let the doggy daycare people in… Then my phone died. In the end my landlord ended up finding the key, taking the foster pup for a walk, then arranging for him to spend the night with a friend (a greyhound trainer). I was SOOOOO relieved, but it really gave me a wake up call.
A fire would be easier with him… Hes always right with me and his leash is by the door. Im not sure what would happen if i werent home though… I would hope the neighbours or landlord would alert the firefighters to his presence… But it may be the last thing on their mind…
Post # 9
@HonoraryNerd: our pup is like a baby to us, we’d take her out with us. She’s usually attached to one of us at all times so we always know where she is.
Post # 10
We had a smoke alarm scare a while ago and I grabbed the cat and the dog and threw them both in my car- only thing I could come up with!
Post # 11
There’s no way I would leave my cat in case of fire or other emergency that required me to leave the house. I would sooner leave my FI (kind of joking, but I mean he’s more capable of handling himself in such a situation than a poor, terrified kitty can). We actually keep her cage next to the door so it would be pretty easy to grab her, stuff her in and get out.
Post # 12
@dv3849: I’m so glad you were able to have your doggy taken care of! I can imagine how stressful that would be. 🙁
I had to leave town when my dad was sick years ago and leave a key with work to give to a friend so she could check on my cat, but I live in a small city so it was much easier but a bit stressful.
Personally I’m really lucky as my cat is a big baby and he wants mommy and shoulders in that order if he’s scared. So if something freaked him out he’d be all over me and I’d just throw him on my shoulders and he’d happily camp out there while I did whatever and hang on for all he’s worth when scared.
Honestly the cat would come first. There really aren’t any papers in the house I couldn’t do without or get again elsewhere if needed. I’d grab my wallet, but I keep it by the bed (basket with “pocket stuff”) and a robe that lives on the post (four poster bed) just in case I should happen to need it.
PS: why do they call them “four poster bed” instead of “four post bed”?
@MsLobizon: I love the stickers on the doors! My ILs have them. But I’ve only actually seen them in rural areas. Seems like they would be good anywhere!
Post # 13
For emergencies, I really recommend GPS trackers for pets. Not the radio ones… the range is too poor, as I have found out to my cost!
That way you can trace pets if they flee in fear.
Post # 14
We also have a sticker that says we have one dog. It’s on our front window. Obviously, we would just drag her out with us if she didn’t immediately follow. But she likes to hide behind either of us when she gets scared, so I think she would just run after us. Usually she is nearby anyways. She likes being wherever in the house we happen to be.
We have an 80lb black lab, so she is big enough to easily find as she is unable to hide underneath anything. Also, she doesn’t need anything particularly specialized. I can’t imagine trying to figure out a rescue plan for a snake! That would be difficult. I think I would grab just the snake and then proceed immediately to the nearest pet store to see if they had a place for him to stay for a few days. Or I would try calling an animal rescue for help.
Post # 15
@HonoraryNerd: I am pretty sure if we had a fire, the first thing we would grab would be our dog. I can’t imagine leaving the house with him there.
Post # 16
I’ve thought about this too, we’ve always lived in apartment buildings with our dog. The few times there have been small fires in one of the apartments where ever we’ve lived, we’ve always just taken him outside with us. But it scares me to think what would happen if there was a fire in our apartment or a neighboring one when we aren’t there (during the work day). Our landlords always know we have a dog, but as a previous poster said, it might be the last thing on their mind in the moment. Especially since our current building is “dog friendly” but is SO NOT actually dog friendly, I can guarantee they wouldn’t care one bit about trying to make sure the fire dept knew he was there.