Ensure you have plenty of pet food and meds during floods

Friday, 4th May 2012

People who live in areas at risk of floods should stock up on pet food and, if your animal requires it, have enough pet medication to last.

That is according to Natasha Kleanthous, editor of the Blue Cross, who has issued some advice for people who may be at risk of flooding.

She said it is important that cats and dogs wear identification, as well as being microchipped. It is also important that you stay up-to-date on the latest weather information.

If there is an actual flood warning, Ms Kleanthous wrote: "Bring all small animals inside and, if possible, take them upstairs ... Keep familiar toys dry, as stressed pets will welcome something that smells of home.

"Think about taking your pets to a family member or friend who lives outside the flood risk area until the danger has passed."

Should a flood strike, if possible they should not be left behind but if they are, they should be shut in an upstairs room with lots of pet food and water. It is also advisable to leave notices outside your home to notify people that there are pets inside.