As a number of severe storms are set to strike the Sydney region, RSPCA NSW is urging pet owners to be mindful of their pets’ wellbeing.
The RSPCA Sydney Shelter has seen a spike in concerned citizens bringing in lost and stray dogs. Many of these animals have been spooked by the recent bad weather and have escaped their backyards.
Ensuring that your dog is microchipped and that your contact details are current is vital to help guarantee the safe return of your animal.
RSPCA NSW is advising pet owners to follow the advice below:
- If you know a storm is coming, ensure your pets are exercised and well-fed before it starts.
- Keep your animals indoors in a safe and comfortable environment.
- Securely stable horses.
- Leave the TV or radio on to mask the sound of thunder.
- Wherever your pet may be, remove any sharp objects that might cause injury to a panicking animal.
- If your pet is particularly prone to storm panic, stay at home with them or speak with your vet about additional ways to manage their storm anxiety.
If the animal is especially scared or seems aggressive, call the RSPCA or your local police.
For more information on how you can help your pet during storms click here.