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How to keep your dog safe during storms and flooding

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With thunderstorm and flood warnings in place across the United Kingdom this weekend, take a look at our top tips and advice on how to keep your dog happy and safe:

  1. If the storm is disrupting your dog’s exercise routine, activities such as a toy filled with food so that they can use up some energy playing and ‘exploring’ for food, often work well. Games like this are also a great distraction from any unsettling sounds. Take a look at our DIY Dog Toys for more ideas. If you are able to head out safely, always keep your dog on a lead in case they get scared by any sudden noises.
  2. If you are near an area that may flood, be aware that flood water could contain raw sewage, and might be contaminated. Keep you and your pet out of it as the water could contain toxins, which could be dangerous to your pet if swallowed, and could remain on their coat if not bathed properly.
  3. Pet owners should know where their pets are at all times. If there is any risk to pets kept outside, ensure they have a safe and dry shelter, or if appropriate bring them indoors. They may be scared and unsure, and will need reassurance. 

If your dog is nervous of storms, you might find our Fireworks advice helpful as many of our tips will apply.

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