Lightning Safety Awareness Week for the US is always the last week of June.
Despite some research, we were unable to find actual statistics for pets and lightning accidents. However, there are some definite safety tips and precautions you should take to prevent any accidents, etc.
Firstly, some pets can have a great fear of lightning/thunder. With just one crack of loud thunder, your pet could dart out the door, over the fence, into the bushes–you name it. It’s very important that you not only have a collar and name tag on your pet, but that you also microchip your pet. It’s a very simple procedure. It’s virtually painless and it’s cheap. We have had many microchip successes, meaning that we have paired owners with their pets where it would have been impossible if they did not have a chip. So, do it! For you and your pet.
Next, here are some tips to calm your pet during a storm.
- Turn on the TV or music to help counteract the storm’s noise
- Provide a safe spot. Cuddle with your pet.
- If you have to go to work, etc., provide a crate or a closed off area so he or she will stay safe and not get into anything they shouldn’t if they get spooked.
- Treats or something to chew on can also help to distract
If you are outside on a walk with your pet and it starts storming, take shelter as soon as possible and keep away from bodies of water.
If you have other concerns, please ask one of our vets. They can definitely help you and your pet.
Have a safe summer, everyone! And stay safe during this hurricane season.