Can Rain Be a Pet Safety Risk?

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PetMD Editorial
Published: August 01, 2018

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Rainy days might put a damper on your dog beach day, but they can also pose certain pet safety risks. Not only does it make your pup less visible to drivers, but dogs who are scared by thunder and lightning might run away or out into the street. And although puddles seem harmless, they can contain dangerous bacteria like leptospirosis and giardia, or toxins like motor oil or pesticides.

Pneumonia in dogs is another pet safety hazard that’s a greater risk for older dogs and puppies. Be sure to dry your pup off right away with an absorbent dog bath towel or dog hair dryer if you get caught in the rain on your walk. You can also keep a dog raincoat handy for those times when your pup really has to go but it looks like it’s about to pour.

To help keep your dog visible on rainy days, try using an LED dog collar or an LED dog collar light.

Pet safety risks on rainy days include leptospirosis, giardia, low visibility and pneumonia.