My Pet is Afraid of Thunderstorms

Dogs or cats may develop thunderstorm or noise phobias at any age.

One of the more common annoyances seen by canine and feline guardians is the development of thunderstorm and other noise phobias. Strangely this symptom may develop at any age, and can present in a wide variety of ways. Some pets will become fearful with trembling, restless pacing, and sometimes hiding. Other times pets will try and escape from and run away from home, even going through glass windows sometimes in the process. Many pets may even react before thunderstorms approach, even if they are many miles away.

Some pets may be relieved by gentle stroking and reassuring, while others just want to be alone. There are some natural supplements that may help lessen the fight/flight response.  Two excellent products I have had great success with in practice have been Be Serene and Composure, both available from PetMeds. Playing music with low rumbles of thunder may help some animal guardians desensitize their pets to actual loud storms.  When these measures fail, there are certain prescription drugs including Acepromazine, and the drug Xanax, which often work to lessen fear and anxiety.   The homeopathic remedy Aconitum in 30c potency also may reduce fears in suddenly panicked animals.

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5 Comments

  1. We had a big Chesapeake Bay Retriever that was terrified of thunder. Valium worked for him, but only if he got it in time. Otherwise the storms were long gone and he was zonked. Usually we just held him, if you can imagine that. lol!

  2. The ThunderShirt works great for my Weimaraner.

  3. My vet just told me about the Thundershirt today and was thinking about getting one for my dog. Have you really noticed a differance with your dog?

  4. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianApril 11, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    I have seen these shirts work with my clients’ pets.

  5. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianApril 11, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Sometimes natural remedies like the flower essences be serene from 1800petmeds. and flower essences from health food store mimulus and aspen can help.

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