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Leaving Emergency Water For Your Dog

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As our friends on Twitter know, this week we have been busy with the Austin area wildfires. We have been busy retweeting information for pet lovers in the area. Many people were caught out of their houses on Sunday afternoon when the firestorm hit, and were not able to get back home to evacuate their animals. Many residents have still not been able to return to their homes (the largest fire is only 30 percent contained), even if the houses have survived. Animal rescue has gotten into some areas to leave food and water in homes, and many lost pets have been picked up and taken to safety.

We wanted to pass along one piece of information that we have seen over and over this week. It’s important information regardless of where you live. It costs nothing to implement.

Leave lots of extra water out for your pets all the time.

Pets trapped in houses that have been untouched by fire have been found to be OK if they had plenty of water. Animals can survive much longer without food than they can without water.

Even if you’re just planning a quick trip to the grocery store, remember that emergencies can always strike without warning, no matter where you live. Always have multiple bowls–large ones–available to your pets at all times. It will give you peace of mind in the event you’re delayed returning to your home. It’s good for your dog because it encourages him to drink more. And it won’t cost you a cent.

Paris Permenter
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