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Pet Lightning Safety
As scary as thunderstorms might be, they are often more frightening for our furry companions. Whether you’re at home or outside when the storm rolls in, lightning strikes pose a serious risk to our safety and comfort. To help ease the stress and to ensure that you and your animals are safe from the dangers of lightning strikes, consider following the steps we’ve outlined below:
- Don’t lie down or find a ditch if you’re outside. While a lower elevation reduces the risk of being struck, you and your pet will be safest by finding indoor shelter as quickly as possible.
- Don’t hide under trees. Tall or isolated trees are more likely to be struck by lightning, and hiding under one increases your chance of injury or death. For this reason, it is best to avoid building doghouses under trees as well.
- If you can hear thunder head indoors immediately. Any time you hear thunder it means that you are within striking distance of lightning. This is true even if there is no rain overhead. Remember, “When thunder roars, go indoors!”
- If your pets experience stress or anxiety during a thunderstorm consider distracting them with treats or games. Music can also be used to cover the noise of thunder and relax some pets.
- Do not leash your pets to metal poles or fences. If possible, always bring pets inside during a thunderstorm.
- If pets must stay outside, make sure their enclosures are securely closed. The stress of a thunderstorm can cause animals to panic and flee, further endangering themselves.