With the potential for severe weather this season in our area, here are a tips for pet owners. Remember, if it's not safe for you, it's not safe for them.
- First and foremost, if you can, bring your pets inside during the bad weather. If you absolute cannot bring them indoors, please make sure they have adequate shelter to stay dry and out of the rain.
- Keep emergency pet supplies in your safe place in your house. This can include food, water, puppy pads, litter box, and leashes.
- Practice your plan with your pets. This will ensure that when the time actually does come, the transition to your safe area will be fast and easy with less panic because you've practiced.
- If your pet has fear or anxiety with storms, be sure to pack blankets or towels in your safe place. Wrap your pet snug in the blanket or towel for comfort.
- Make sure your pet is wearing an ID tag that has updated contact information. This is especially important if, for some reason, your pet does get out during the storm. An ID tag or microchip increases the chances of a lost pet being reunited with the owners.
- If your pet becomes lost during the storms, or any other time, the first place to file a lost report and look is local animal control.
"Pets in this area are not acclimated to the weather the rain and storms bring, therefore, we recommend to bring your pets inside during thunderstorms and severe weather," Dr. Robby Wrighten, PAWS Humane, in Columbus GA, Lead Veterinarian says. "The last thing we want to see is high intakes at Animal Control due to the bad weather, so please keep your pets safe during storms."
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