With the country braced for the arrival of Storm Dennis, millions of pets will be facing the gales as their owners take them on walks or leave them in the garden. But how can you ensure your beloved animal is as safe as possible when the storm strikes?
Dr Scott joins us with his top tips on pet safety ahead of Dennis’ mighty arrival.
Tips on looking after your pets in harsh conditions
- Keep your dogs away from ponds and lakes that are iced over. Thin ice may break under a dog's weight.
- Be aware that antifreeze and rock salt can be poisonous to pets. After walking your dog in areas that may have been gritted with rock salt ensure you wash their paws thoroughly.
- In the coldest months it's important that your cat has access to a warm environment, such as your home or another inside area with appropriate heating.
- Outdoor pets, such as rabbits and guinea pigs, need extra bedding, such as dust-free hay in winter months. Make sure their home is protected from adverse weather by using blankets or covers which can be purchased to help insulate hutches in the winter months.
- If the temperature drops to below 15C you may want to consider moving their enclosure into an outhouse shed or unused garage
Road safety for dog walkers
Keep your dog on a good quality lead, and don't be tempted to use an extender lead by a busy road
Teach your dog road awareness so they can safely cross the road
Teach your dog the right commands like no, stop, come away or come here
Make sure your dog can be seen with a reflective lead, high visibility dog coat or an LED collar