Lightning: Information for Pet Owners

A begal expressing a look of concern

Your pets cannot protect themselves; it is your responsibility to help protect them. To help protect your pet from lightning:

  • Don’t leave your pet outdoors.
    Do NOT leave your pet outdoors or chained to a tree during a lightning storm. Doghouses are NOT safe shelters; bring your pet inside.
  • Remove any metal collars, leashes, or harnesses and replace with plastic.
    Even though metal does not attract electricity, it is a good conductor and can make injuries (i.e., burns) worse if struck.
ready, plan stay informed cdc emergency social media