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  • Preparing Your Pet for Monsoon Mood Swings

    Jul 23, 2015 | Read More News
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    Dog on bedIt may not seem like it, but we are only about one-third of the way through the 2015 monsoon. With more rain likely through the end of September, Pima Animal Care Center want to make sure your pets stay as comfortable as possible.

    Loud sounds from storms can make pets fearful – leading to attempts to escape or other destructive behavior. Also keep in mind that attempts to reassure your pet with treats or soothing may reinforce fearful behavior. Here are a few tips for engaging your “scaredy” cat (or dog):
    • Create a safe place – Allow your pets to go to the place they typically go when frightened. For example, leave your door open if they like to hide under the bed. Also consider creating a “hidey-hole” for your pet to hide and use a fan or radio to block out sounds. For some pets, their crate is a safe place, but if it’s not your pet’s safe place, don’t try to put them there, they could injure themselves.
    • Distract your dogs – Encourage your pets to engage in an activity that captures their attention. For example, play fetch and reward them with praise or treats for paying attention.
    • Consult your veterinarian – Sometimes medication can reduce your pet’s anxiety.
    If you are the “scaredy” cat and need a friend to ride out the storms with – Pima Animal Care Center has friends of all shapes and sizes. Please visit us at 4000 N. Silverbell Road or online to learn more about adopting.