Winter brings plenty of bad weather our way. Storm warnings are common over the winter months and can bring with them strong winds, rain storms and even snow. All of these can have an impact on our pets, too.
What can you do to keep your pets safe when storms hit? Here’s our top tips:
Dogs and Cats
- Stay ahead of the worst weather and take dogs for a walk in the calm before the storm.
Keep pets inside and lock cat flaps
- Make sure their microchip details are up to date in case you get separated from your pets
- Cats and dogs can be frightened by the loud noises created by storm. Set up a safe area - dogs will feel safe in a comfy den behind a sofa and cats feel safe high up on a safe shelf or cupboard. Keep pets away from windows and play music or put the radio or TV on to drown out some of the noise.
- Bring small pets like rabbits and guinea pigs inside.
- If this isn’t possible, move them to sheltered areas or a car-free garage or shed.
- Give them extra bedding and cover runs and hutches with thick blankets.
What to do if you need to evacuate
During a really big storm, you might be told to leave your home for your own safety. This can be a really distressing time for you and your pet. Here’s how what you can do to make leaving a little less stressful:
- Put cats and small pets in secure carriers so you can evacuate them safely.
- Dogs should be on secure leads with a well-fitting collar in case they panic. Make sure they are wearing a name tag with up to date contact details on.
- If you have to leave without your pets, move them into a safe room upstairs with plenty of fresh water and food. As soon as you’re safe, let the rescue services know where you pet is so they can reunite you.