Keeping your dog safe in floods.
The rain this week has been biblical in many parts of the UK, particularly Scotland. Localised flooding has affected many people, rivers are rising and the rain keeps coming. In this article, Holidays4Dogs looks into keeping you and your dog safe in floods.
Its perhaps something we don’t really think about when we head out for our daily dog walk. However, it is important to keep safe if you are heading out into stormy weather, especially if you live near rivers. Even a small stream can turn into a raging torrent of water with incredible speed. Muddy, slippery ground underfoot, adds to the danger of walking near flooded areas.
Storm Babet, is currently raging across large swathes of the UK, heading down from Scotland. Tragically a lady died on Thursday after being swept in the river Angus. The Midlands is also set to be one of the worst affected areas in the coming days and authorities are urging people to take extra care when out and about.
The most sensible thing to do is to avoid walking in heavy rain, or areas of flooding altogether. A day, or so, of playing in the garden instead, will not harm your dog. There are plenty of indoor games you could entertain him while, staying warm and dry.
If your dog doesn’t come back when called – keep him secure on a lead. Make sure your dog has an up to date chip, as well as alternative identification on his collar.
If your dog gets caught in flood water – don’t attempt to go in after him. Dogs will usually find a way to save themselves. Sadly, there have been many cases where owners have tried to rescue dogs from rivers and have tragically lost their own lives. Quite often, the dog survives.
Keep up to date with flood warnings.
Keep up to date with flood warnings by tuning into your local television, or radio station. You can also log onto the Environment Agency website where you can access information about your local area.
Floodwater, or any standing water, can be dangerous to people and animals – so stay safe. Head for higher ground for your daily walks, or consider staying indoors until the storm passes.