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Flood advice for pet owners
Getting a life jacket for your pet is a good idea in areas at risk of flooding
With the UK braced for further severe flooding, PDSA has issued advice for pet owners on keeping their pets safe.
· Be aware. Find out about flood warnings by calling Floodline (0845 988 1188), who will let you know about any problems in your area. Keep a close eye on other sources of information, such as the TV, radio and trusted websites such as the MET Officehttp://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/?regionName=uk and The Environment Agency http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31618.aspx .
· Be Prepared. Although floods can happen in the blink of an eye, by monitoring the situation you can try and gauge if your home will be at risk. Getting a life jacket for your pet, as well as yourself, could be a good idea if you are in a high risk area.
· Stay Indoors. In the event of flooding, never go for a walk with your dog just to ‘see what’s happening’ as that may put you and your pet in danger. And if your pet does get caught in the flood water, never jump in after them as it could put you at risk as well. Leave rescues to the emergency services.
· Move to higher ground. If your house gets flooded, move upstairs taking your pets with you – and that includes those outside in the garden, such as guinea pigs and rabbits. Flood water can often be contaminated and could harm your pet if swallowed so do your best to keep your pet away from the water.
· Pet equipment. Make sure you have any equipment to hand that you need if you and your pet have to be evacuated – that includes small pet carriers, cat baskets and leads. You may be upstairs for quite some time, so take things with you to keep your pet amused as well as food and water. And don’t forget to take any necessary pet medicines.