Keeping your pets calm and safe during the monsoon

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PHOENIX - While the monsoon can be a welcome relief from the heat, for many Arizona pets, summer storms bring high anxiety.  When pets become frightend their instinct is to flee, which often leaves residents searching for their four-legged friends after the storm. 

“He gets very upset.  A lot of panting, he [Harley] sits on my lap, a lot of drooling and he won't leave me alone,” Tim McLaughlin said.

Anytime a monsoon rolls into the Valley, Harley one of McLaughlin's four legged friends get's a little anxious.
 
“I worry about the idea of them being outside,” McLaughlin said. “They have access to the doggy door and I worry about them getting outside and panicking and they try to get out of the yard.”

While McLaughlin’s other dog Cleo is a little more laid back during the stormy weather, he's always prepared to make sure their safe.

“I have a weather application on my phone,” McLaughlin said. “So if I know a storm is moving in to the area before I get home from work, I do have a friend of mine who will come over to the house and make sure the dogs are in the house and lock up the doggy door.”

Besides getting the doggy door closed McLaughlin makes sure he's also dog proofed the backyard.

“I've always taken the precaution to make sure there are no holes in the yard,” McLaughlin said.  “I've also if I'm around I will give him [Harley] Benadryl or something like that to calm him down, the veterinarian said I could do that.”

The Arizona Humane Society said other things pet owners can do to keep their furry friends calm and safe during a big storm is,

“Put them in a smaller room and confine them to a smaller room,” Kimberly Searles said. “If their crate trained have them go in their crate and give them some comfortable toys and snacks.”

Searles, who is with the Arizona Humane Society said just in case you’re pet does run away during a monsoon, it's a good idea for them to have a collar with current identification and a microchip is also beneficial.

“Start the search right away,” Searles said. “You want to come over to our shelters and look around every three days as well as Maricopa County.”

As for McLaughlin, while he welcomes the storms his dogs well being is always a top priority.