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Monsoon Safety Tips

monsoonArizona’s monsoon season can be a scary time for pet owners and their furry companions; but it doesn’t have to be! By making sure that you are both informed and prepared, you can help your pets with the added stress that this season can bring.  If you’ve never experienced monsoon season in Arizona, it isn’t as terrifying as it may sound. The Arizona monsoon is simply a pattern of pronounced increase in thunderstorms and rainfall over large areas of the southwestern United States. This usually occurs July-September. Unfortunately, due to Arizona’s hard, desert ground, the water falls quicker than it can be absorbed, causing flash flooding, property damage and road closures.  While pet owners are generally aware of the need to protect their homes and vehicles from possible damage, they may sometimes forget that there are serious dangers that these storms can pose to their beloved pets as well. Here are a few tips to help keep your little ones safe during the season.

  1. 1Before the season begins, create a special “safe place” in your home where your pet can easily go to feel safe and secure. This could be their usual kennel or a bed tucked into a corner that makes them feel protected from the thundering sounds that will sometimes fill your home.
  2. If you see a storm approaching, be sure that your pets have an opportunity to go outside and relieve themselves prior to the downpour, as many pets will be too frightened to go out during a monsoon. This will also help to prevent accidents in the home while they wait it out.
  3. Look into some of the products designed specifically for pets frightened by thunderstorms and rain:
    • Thundershirts help dogs deal with anxiety during monsoon season in Arizona.The Thundershirt is a safe and easy to use vest that applies gentle, constant pressure to your pet; much like swaddling an infant. They come in a variety of sizes and work wonders for the majority of pets.
    • Rescue Remedy is a homeopathic, natural way to help support calm behavior in pets during any stressful situation. Just add a couple drops to your pet’s food or water to calm & relax them.
  4. Finally, never leave your pets outside during a monsoon. Pets who usually live outdoors can still be frightened or injured by the intense rains and thunder.  More pets are lost during this season than during any other in Arizona. A frightened animal may go to extreme measures to escape the sounds and the building water,  sometimes injuring themselves in the process. (That fence that you think they can’t jump? You’d be surprised!) If you have no other option that to leave them outdoors, ensure that no amount of digging, pulling or climbing will allow them to escape their enclosure. Also be sure that their enclosure is on high enough ground that it won’t fill with water, causing them discomfort or possible drowning.

Following these simple steps can help both you and your pets to have a safe and less stressful monsoon season in Arizona. Don’t forget to reward them with an extra treat or some fun play time in the puddles once the storm passes! (Reward yourself, too! You did great!)