5 Rainy Day Tips for Your Pets
The winter rainy season in Southern California has arrived! Be prepared for the next storm with these rainy day tips:
Plan your outdoor time
Always keep your pets indoors when it’s raining. If possible, try to schedule your dog’s walks during breaks in the storm. If your dog needs to go out when it’s raining, a raincoat or rain booties for dogs may make outings easier. Dry your pet with a towel when they come back inside, and keep the towel by your door so you can easily dry muddy feet without tracking pawprints through your home.
Provide indoor activities
Just because your pet has to stay indoors doesn’t mean they have to give up their enrichment! Hiding squeaky toys, chew toys, and treat dispensers around your house creates a fun scavenger hunt to keep your pet busy. You can even utilize items you may already have at home – such as cardboard boxes, egg cartons, or fabric scraps – to make DIY food puzzles or snuffle mats.
Prepare for power outages
If you utilize automatic feeders or pet fountains, check to see if they have a backup battery or allow alternate access to food or water in the event of a power outage. If they don’t, keep pet food and water bowls on hand. If you lose power and need to light candles, supervise your pets around open flames – or better yet, opt for flameless, battery-operated candles and flashlights to safely light your way around your home.
Anxiety and stress
Rain can be loud and scary for some pets, especially when accompanied by thunder and lightning. If your pet experiences anxiety and stress from the storm, create a sanctuary space for them, play soothing music, and distract them with puzzle feeders. Over-the-counter calming chews may also help.
After the storm
When the storm is over, check your backyard for downed trees, damaged fences, or other hazards before letting your dog outside.
Stay safe and stay dry!