Keeping Your Furry Friends Safe During Monsoon Season
Monsoons bring very unpredictable weather patterns and unique danger. The dry Arizona deserts are vulnerable to heavy rain, thunderstorms, and fast flooding dangers. Keep your furry friends safe by making sure that you have a pet safety plan in place.
Here are some ideas to help keep your furry friends comfortable and safe during the monsoon season.
- Keep your pets inside. When weather strikes, a pet can become frightened quickly. So, secure all pet doors and, should you need to take your pet outside, ensure that all outside gates are firmly closed.
- Some pet families consider putting a tight shirt on their pet to reduce anxiety.
- Give them a safe place to wait for the storm out where they feel secure. Providing them with some of their favorite toys or treats may help ease their anxiety.
- Create an emergency pet kit with a leash, food, bowls, fresh water, and any medications or important medical records. This can be kept near the front door or in your car.
- When walking your dog after a storm, make sure that your pets are kept on a leash and out of washes and fast running water as heavy rains can lead to flash flooding.
- Heavy winds can lead to sharp debris that may injure pets. Make sure to clear any hazards from your yard before letting pets out again.
Visual cues such as lightning or blowing leaves and dirt, as well as auditory cues such as rain and thunder, are common triggers of fear and anxiety in pets; oftentimes presenting as general anxiety, whining, barking, house soiling, or destructive behavior. Address storm-related anxieties with pets by creating positive associations with storms by giving them treats, toys, and verbal praise for appropriate behavior.
Monsoon season can be a scary time for pet owners and their furry companions, but it doesn’t have to be; just be sure to stay informed and prepared!
SERVPRO of Gilbert is ready to support you during monsoon season. Call us in the event of a residential or commercial storm, water, or fire damage at (480) 558-7620.