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Towards the end of this week, it is expected that we will see wind gusts hitting around 70 mph in parts of the UK. Such severe weather has led to warnings from both local meteorologists and the Met Office. Blustery winds can scare many animals and be a hazard both directly and indirectly such as damage to fencing, flying debris, and even the force of such wind gusts being able to carry small animals some distance. So, we’ve put together some windy weather pet safety tips below.
- Check the boundaries of your property regularly. Make sure gates are secured and locked.
- Ensure your pet’s ID is up-to-date and collars/ID tags are worn.
- Bring pets, such as guinea pigs and rabbits, indoors ahead of the stormy weather. If this is not possible, ensure their enclosures are safe, secured – keep a close eye on them at all times.
- For pets easily spooked by stormy weather, speak to your vet to discuss calming aids.
- Prepare plenty of enrichment toys and activities to keep pets entertained indoors.
- Where possible, arrange to work from home and stay with your pet.
- Stock up on your pet’s food, litter, bedding, and any medication. You will want to avoid unnecessary car journeys during the bad weather.
- Create a safe haven. Ensure windows are shut, curtains are drawn and the music/television is on to minimise the sights and sounds from outside.
- If your pet seeks reassurance, give it – a calming voice and gentle stroke can go a long way.
- If you are going to walk your dog, keep him on-lead. Avoid areas close to trees and water. Be aware of any dangling power cables, and lookout for fallen trees or broken glass.