April 2, 2024

Weathering the Storm: Keep Your Pets Safe and Calm During Bad Weather

By: The Humane Society of Greater Dayton

As the skies darken and the winds howl, it’s not just humans who feel the impact of severe weather. Our furry friends can also experience stress and anxiety during storms. Just like us, they need comfort and protection to weather the storm safely. Here are some essential tips to help keep your pets calm and secure during bad weather.

Create a Safe Haven

One of the first steps in preparing for a storm is to create a safe space for your pets. Choose an interior room in your home away from windows and doors where they can seek refuge from the noise and potential dangers of the storm. Make the area comfortable with familiar bedding, toys, and blankets to provide a sense of security. If thunder stresses your pets, turn on a TV or a radio with calming music to help drown out some of the sounds of the storm.

Stay Calm and Reassuring

Pets can sense our emotions, so it’s crucial to remain calm and composed during a storm. Your reassuring presence can help alleviate their anxiety and provide them with the comfort they need. Speak to them in soothing tones and offer gentle petting to help them feel safe.

Provide Distractions

Offer distractions such as toys, treats, or interactive games to help divert your pet’s attention away from the storm. Engaging activities can help keep their minds occupied and lower their stress levels. Puzzle feeders or treat-dispensing toys can be particularly effective in keeping them entertained.

Keep Them Indoors

During severe weather, it’s essential to keep your pets indoors to ensure their safety. Even if they are used to being outdoors, the risks posed by strong winds, lightning, and flying debris are too great. Keep them inside until the storm has passed to prevent injury or loss.

Ensure Identification

Make sure your pets are wearing collars with up-to-date identification tags. In the event that they become separated from you during the storm, this will increase the chances of a safe return. Consider microchipping your pets as a permanent form of identification for added security. You can stop into the Humane Society of Greater Dayton at any time during our regular business hours and have your pet microchipped for just $20. No appointments are needed and the whole process takes just about 15 minutes.

Stay Informed

Stay informed about weather updates and warnings issued by local authorities. This will allow you to take necessary precautions and make informed decisions about how to keep your pets safe during a storm. Being prepared is key to ensuring the well-being of both you and your pets. If you are advised to seek shelter, listen to the warnings of experts and follow their directions by putting you and your pets in a safe and secure location.

Comfort Them

If your pets are showing signs of anxiety or fear during the storm, offer them comfort and reassurance. Sit with them, speak to them in soothing tones, and provide gentle strokes to help calm their nerves. Your presence can make all the difference in helping them feel secure. You can also purchase items such as a Thundershirt that your pet could wear. The compression of the shirt helps to soothe anxiety in your pets.

Prepare an Emergency Kit

As part of your storm preparedness plan, assemble an emergency kit for your pets. Include essentials such as food, water, medications, and any necessary supplies. Having a well-stocked kit will ensure that you’re ready to care for your pets in the event of a power outage or evacuation. Check out our the disaster preparedness checklist for your cats, dogs or rabbits here.

 

Severe weather can be a stressful time for both humans and pets alike. By following these tips and taking proactive measures to ensure their safety, you can help your furry companions weather the storm with comfort and security. Remember, your pets rely on you for their well-being, so it’s essential to be prepared and attentive during bad weather. Stay safe, stay calm, and take care of each other.


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