My Pet is Afraid of Thunderstorms
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.