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Looking after pets in severe weather

In any emergency you will want to look after your pets.

Animals may act strangely before severe weather strikes which can sometimes lead to them hiding, or running away from their owners. If you have warnings of severe weather you should consider the following:

Storms

  • Keep pets indoors if possible
  • Provide an indoor refuge away from noise and distractions for your pets
  • Make sure outdoor pets have adequate shelter from rain and high winds. If possible, move outdoor cages and huts into garages or other shelter
  • Remember to check on outdoor pets to ensure that they are secure and safe once the storm has passed.

DO NOT PLACE YOURSELF IN DANGER IN CHECKING ON PETS DURING THE STORM

Floods

  • Bring pets indoors or move outdoor pets to a place of safety
  • Check that outdoor hutches/kennels are safe from potential flood waters
  • Remember to check on outdoor pets to ensure that they are secure and safe once floods have receded

DO NOT PLACE YOURSELF IN DANGER IN CHECKING ON PETS DURING FLOODS

Heatwaves

  • Provide plenty of water for your pet
  • Provide a shaded area for your pet; move hutches and kennels into a shaded area. Consider using fans to keep hutches cooler – regularly spraying water on hutches will cool them by evaporation
  • Move small pet cages (such as hamster cages) out of direct sunlight into shaded and cool areas. Tiled bathrooms and kitchens are often cooler that other parts of the house
  • Regularly check on the welfare of your pets
  • NEVER leave pets in cars unattended

Cold Weather

  • Make sure hutches and kennels offer adequate insulation. If possible move indoors (such as garages) to offer better protection
  • Regularly check on the welfare of your pets

We have created a guide to help you in preparing your pets for emergencies.

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