Lincoln expert gives pet care tips during severe weather

A local pet expert says our furry friends can be like toddlers in bad weather. Some may get scared or be scared.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A local pet expert says our furry friends can be like toddlers in bad weather. Some may get scared or be scared.

“When you walk your pet in the rain, rain, thunderstorms or lightning can be very scary for pets at times,” said Kevin Pytlik, co-owner of Bailey’s Pet Care. “The most important thing is to make sure they are safe and in your care are. This will ensure that the collar or harness fits properly. They are properly leashed and equipped with microchips in the event of an escape. “

Keith Pytlik heads Bailey’s Deluxe Pet Care and says planning shorter but more effective walks and potty breaks in inclement weather is essential. Wipe fur and paws especially after walking in the rain. Storms can throw things on the ground that are unsafe for your pet. He says severe weather can be the main time owners can lose their pets.

“Watch your neighborhood Facebook groups, your next door,” Pytlik said. “During a storm on July 4th, when a lot of noise can be heard among pets, so are you when people begin to lose their pets. You will find holes and fences. Make sure your fence is secured. They’re scared and don’t know what to do other than run. “

Pytlik says some ways to keep your pet calm are petting, weighted thunder jackets, and if the fear is too great he recommends talking to your veterinarian about options.
He says during and after an event you should be aware of any storm damage around you and your pet.

“It is very important that your pet is microchipped,” said Pytlik. “Be aware of your fence, your yard. Are there holes in your fence? Did the wind tear down your fence? Is there a tree Did a tree fall and damage your fence? “

He says if the weather is bad, leave her at home while you run errands.

“They leave rain, thunder, ice and cold at home,” said Pytlik. Take them with you. If it’s hot or 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 even during storms.

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