Dog charity Dogs Trust has offered advice on how to keep dogs “happy” and “safe” with Storm Dennis due to hit the UK this weekend.
The charity has said if the 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 can also be a great distraction from any unsettling sounds.
It also suggests providing a “safe hiding place”, which includes making sure dogs have somewhere safe in their favourite room including under a table. Dogs Trust suggests closing curtains, turning lights on, and turning up the volume on your TV or radio to mask the sounds of the storm.
Dogs Trust said: “If your dog just wants to hide away then don’t force them to come out of their hiding place, allow them to stay where they feel safe”
“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.”
Dogs Trust also advises p=et owners should know where their pets are at all times.
Catherine Dobbie, veterinary surgeon at Dogs Trust, said: “Extreme weather and thunderstorms can be distressing for dogs. Signs to look out for include pacing around the home, excessive barking, or trying to run and hide.
“There are steps owners can take to comfort their dog and help them cope if their dogs are becoming anxious. If you’re worried about the weather, keep your dog indoors as much as possible.”