Veterinarians across the country are being called to the field for the most urgent surgeries yet as the nation’s worst wildfires continue to burn in the state.
Here are some tips from the experts who have been working in the area to prepare for the impending disaster.
Don’t forget your cat, dog, or ferret.
San Diego County has declared a state of emergency in most of the state, which means it’s impossible to evacuate your home.
That means it will be extremely difficult to get out.
You need to stay at home, and your vet will need to treat you for injuries.
Most vets will recommend a water bottle every couple of days and a good electrolyte solution.
If you’re thirsty, you’ll need to ask your vet for advice.
Some vets also recommend taking a vitamin C supplement.
Avoid high-risk items and items that could burn.
Some items include: plastic grocery bags, plastic containers, pet food containers, and plastic water bottles.
Use a safety harness and an oxygen mask when venturing out of your home or in the wilderness.
If your home is built into the mountain, it’s much harder to get to and can burn quickly.
Also, be careful when driving a vehicle through the area.
Bring food and water to all your appointments.
If something bad happens, you won’t be able to bring it home.
Get your cat checked out and let your vet know what the worst case scenario is.
If the vet says you have a cat that is too sick to move around or to be taken outside, they’ll want to do a blood test, too.
If it’s found to be positive, you will be able bring your pet home.
Check your pets and their vaccinations.
Your pet will need a shot to prevent the coronavirus and a rabies shot to get rid of the dengue virus.
If there is a severe allergic reaction to your pet, your vet can order an anesthetized pet to go in for an immunotherapy injection.
Take a short break and catch up with your friends.
You’ll need time to do these things after your appointment.
If possible, check Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with the latest news.
Get in touch with your vet if you have questions.
Your vet can be reachable via phone, email, or text.
If a vet is unavailable, a friend can call the clinic and ask questions.
If an illness is detected, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Your veterinarian will need you to get tested for the coronamid infection, dengovirus, and other conditions.
They may also need to get you immunized.
Talk to your veterinarian about getting emergency medical attention if you or someone you know is ill.
It may be wise to seek medical attention in your home, as the virus may spread quickly and easily through the community.
If things look bad, ask your veterinarian if they’ll take your cat or dog for further testing.
Keep the following in mind: The more time you have to get through this emergency, the less likely you are to be hospitalized.
If everything goes well, you should be able get home and recover.
If they do take your pet for further tests, your veterinarian will likely ask you to pay for a test.
You may need to pay more for tests if you’re not feeling well, but there is always the possibility of recovery.
Keep your pets well fed and well hydrated, especially when outdoors.
Keep a record of the veterinarian’s appointments and contact information.
They can be used for future calls, and it’s always helpful to keep a journal for reference.
Make sure you keep a clean house and don’t let your pets out of the house during this emergency.
Get a list of all your pets, including a vaccination kit, so you know which ones to contact for treatment.