ASPCA To Pet Owners: Beware Of Hidden Dangers After Irene

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) –– The ASPCA is urging pet owners to be careful when taking your furry friends outside in the wake of Irene.

With heavily flooded streets across the Tri-State area, there could be many hidden dangers like downed power lines, broken glass or open manhole covers under the water.

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As a precaution, officials are warning people and pets not to walk through flood waters to avoid serious injury or even death.

The ASPCA also says you should check your yard for any hazards before letting your dog out and walk your dog on a leash outside your property to keep it from going anywhere it shouldn’t until the waters recede.

Also, if you have an outdoor cat, the ASPCA says to keep it inside until your neighborhood is safe from any storm destruction Irene may have caused.

FEMA says you may also notice a change in your pet’s behavior after the storm. Familiar scenes and scents may have changed causing your furry friend to be confused. The say to watch your pets closely.

Also, FEMA says beware of unwanted creatures that may have been brought into your neighborhood because of the storm like snakes or other creepy critters.

For more animal storm safety tips, click here.

  • Jeanne

    It’s also important to have a plan for your pet in the event that something happens to you. Unfortunately, too many pets end up in shelters because their owner unexpectedly passed away and their pet is left with no where to go. This month A Sane is raising money for the ASPCA by giving 100% of their proceeds for their “Pet Parenting Agreement” to the ASPCA. For less than $5.00 you can print out a written agreement detailing all your wishes for your pet in the event of your passing. It also serves as a great way to outline caretaking specifics between you, your child, your roommate, significant other, or whomever else you may share pet care responsibilities with.

  • nipasarker

    Michel H. Are you here to make someone insulted……..Photo contest for dogs

  • MWL

    this is EXCELLENT exposure for keeping your run-of-the-mill pet owners minds aware of their pets in unusual times. Ours were acting strange today in the park but if you are mindful that they are very sensitive to changes in their environment it helps. thank you (again) ASPCA !

  • Michael H.

    Creepy critters? Is your target audience in first grade?

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