Lincoln expert gives pet care tips during severe weather
A local pet expert says our furry friends can be just like toddlers during severe weather. Some may become scared or experience anxiety.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — A local pet expert says our furry friends can be just like toddlers during severe weather. Some may become scared or experience anxiety.
“If you’re walking your pet in the rain, sometimes rain and thunderstorms or lightning can be very frightening to pets,” said Kevin Pytlik, co-owner of Bailey’s Pet Care. “The biggest thing is making sure they’re secure and they’re safe in your care. That’s making sure the collar or harness is the right fit. They’re leashed properly and that they’re microchipped in case of an escape.”
Keith Pytlik runs Bailey’s Deluxe Pet Care and says planning shorter but effective walks and potty breaks are essential during bad weather. Wipe fur and paws especially after walks in the rain. Storms could knock things onto the ground that are unsafe for your pet. He says severe weather can be the prime time owners can lose their pets.
“Watch your neighborhood Facebook groups, your next door,” said Pytlik. “During storms, during the Fourth of July, when there are lots of sounds at pets, aren’t you too that’s when people start losing their pets. They find holes and fences. Make sure your fence is secured. they get scared and they don’t know anything of what to do to but run.”
Pytlik says some ways to keep your pet calm are petting, weighted thunder jackets and if anxiety is too much, he recommends talking to your vet about options.
He says during and after an event be aware of any storm damage around you and your pet.
“Making sure your pet is microchipped is very important,” said Pytlik. “Being aware of your fence, of your yard. Are there are holes in your fence? Has the wind blown your fence down? Is there a tree? Has a tree fallen and damaged your fence?”
He says during severe weather, leave them home as you run errands.
“Rain, thunder, ice, cold leave them at home,” said Pytlik. “Bring them in. When it’s hot or when it’s cold, don’t take it with you on an errand. A cold car can be just as dangerous as a hot car.”
He adds to remember to be calm and understanding with your pet during storms as well.