Anxiety Pet meds for Thunderstorms

Loud noises such as thunderstorms can cause a pet to be scared and anxious Thunderstorm phobias are a common behavioral issue for both dogs and cats, and my clients ask for my recommendations on ways to help calm their pet’s anxiety. Initially, I will suggest natural remedies such as Be Serene or Composure. I will also sometimes recommend bach flowers used in Rescue Remedy for Pets, or mimulus or rock rose available from health food stores.

If these don’t help then sometimes prescription medications such as Acepromazine or Xanax are needed.

The only problem with these types of medications is that every dog responds differently to these drugs, and sometimes the sedation effect can be prolonged long after the storm has passed, or depending upon the pet, these medications may not work.

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  1. Several of you may have come across terms like “generic drugs” and “brand name” very frequently, and it is obvious for you to be confused regarding what they actually are. Let me assist you in clarifying the slight difference between these two. When we talk about the generic name of any medication we basically say about the chemical name or “real” name of the drug. Again when we discuss about the brand name of any drug that means we are saying about the name provided to that particular medication by any drug or pharmaceutical company.

  2. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 5, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Thank you for sharing your accurate clarification of generic vs name brand medications.

  3. I’ve heard about a special vest for dogs with anxiety issues. What is your opinion of these vests?
    My dog is afraid of thunder gun fire (there are hunting areas close by) and has severe stranger (men) anxiety.

  4. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 21, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    I am not familiar with these vests. You can try natural remedies like bach flowers rescue remedy, aspen and mimulus which you can get from health food store. Be serene and composure are also natural remedies you can try from 1800petmeds.

  5. To whom it may concern: My daughter told me about your site, I really need something for my medium sized dog sunshine she is shepard, lab, chow and not so young anymore. She is terribly afraid of storms, guns, yelling, fireworks. She gets car sick but don’t throw up she stares at the floor but always goes bye bye with mommy. I have tired calmly calm, other anixety meds can’t remember right now. Can you please help me with both of these. Sincerely, Brenda

  6. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMay 26, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    You can try Be serene from 1800petmeds. If no help then need script for drugs like xanax or acepromazine.

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