#CapeStorm: How to keep your pets safe

Cape Town weather conditions have worsened with heavy rains and gale force winds, in what is believed to be the worst storm the city has experienced in 30 years.

It’s important not to forget that pets feel the chill despite their furry coats.

Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s cold for your pet too. You are advised to please keep your animals inside.

Here are a few tips on how you can keep your pets safe during a storm :

Keep pets inside Don’t leave pets outdoors when the temperature drops. If you must keep your pet outdoors please provide your dog with a warm, dry, and draft free shelter outside.

Proper Nutrition In takes more energy to stay warm when it’s cold and that’s why outdoor animals need to eat more.

Never shave your dog Shaving a dog’s coast down to the skin removes vital warmth and protection during colder weather. Ensure your pets tags are secure and updated with contact information in case they go missing.

Speak out if you see a pet left in the cold If you see an animal left out in cold weather please gently ask the owners to take the animal inside. If the issue continues please contact your nearest SPCA with a time-stamped photo of the animal so they can address the situation.

Source: SPCA

Keep revisiting the EWN #CapeStorm live blog for updates.

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