Dog owners are being warned to keep their pets indoors as Storm Dennis prepares to slam into Britain.
The “bomb cyclone” is set to unleash two months of rain and 70mph winds on the nation this weekend.
The Met Office has issued a flurry of danger to life warnings as the storm arrives today for 48 hours of carnage.
Some forecasters are even describing the ferocious storm as one of the biggest ever in recent history in the UK.
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And so now the Dogs Trust has issued a warning too, urging dog owners to keep their pooches indoors ahead of the bad weather.
Catherine Dobbie, the veterinary surgeon at Dogs Trust, said: “Extreme weather and thunderstorms can be distressing for dogs.
“If you are worried about the weather, keep your dogs indoors as much as possible.”
The charity warns that flood water – especially with 140 flood alerts now being issued for this weekend – could be contaminated with toxins.
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They warn that if dogs swallow the water it could prove dangerous to them.
As well as heavy rain and wind, heavy snow is also due to hit in the north of the country and Scotland.
Because of this, Pets at Home is urging dog owners to take note of the hidden dangers grit poses to their beloved pets too.
Dr Karlien Heyrman from Pets at Home said: "When a dog walks over grit salt, the crystals can attach to the animal’s paw pads and if left unchecked, can cause anything from mild discomfort to severe pain.
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"Winter walks can also become dangerous if too much grit salt is licked off bare paws, leaving them at risk of excessive salt consumption.
"Keep an eye out for snow and ice forming clumps on your dog’s hair too.”
Some dog owners have been sharing pictures of how they are preparing their four-legged-friends for the incoming storm.
They are taking extra precaution following Storm Ciara last weekend which sparked widespread chaos.
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