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Thunderstorm Anxiety in Dogs

May 1, 2021

Is your canin e companion scared of storms? If so, he’s in good company! Many pooches morph into quaking, shivering balls of fear when those summer storms roll in. In this article, a Fort Myers, FL vet lists some ways to help your pet cope.


Background Noise

One thing that can help is to turn up a TV or radio. The sound may drown out some of the storm’s noise, especially if it’s far off.


Desensitization

Speaking of noise, you can also use it for desensitization training. Get a program or DVD of storm sounds, and play it for your furry friend. At first, keep the volume down low. As your pooch gets used to it, keep turning the volume up.


Soothing Clothes

You can also get calming shirts for your furry pal. This is kind of like the doggy version of a weighted blanket. Some pups really do enjoy these, but every pooch is different.


P  et-Calming Products

Another thing you can try is getting your furry buddy pet-calming products. There are many to choose from, such as treats, sprays, and collars. Just be sure to follow the package directions—and your vet’s advice—to the letter.


Safe Haven

Crates can also be very helpful here. If used properly, crates provide our canine pals with comfy little dens. However—and we can’t stress this enough—it takes proper training for Fido to think of his crate as a safe place, instead of a jail cell. Ask your vet for specific advice on this.


Playtime

Dogs are always calmer when they’re a bit tired. If you know it’s going to storm later, take your four-legged buddy out with a fun walk and play session before the skies get dark.


Bribery

When it gets dark, give your canine friend something to occupy himself with. Puzzle toys are great for this! A new chew toy may also do the trick.


Tips

There are also a few things you want to avoid. First and foremost, don’t leave your pup outdoors in bad weather. Even if Fido has a fenced yard and a comfy doghouse, he’ll still be frightened of the thunder, wind, and rain. Also, don’t go overboard with trying to soothe him. That may just encourage him to act up!


If you know or suspect that your dog suffers from anxiety, contact your Fort Myers, FL veterinary clinic today. We are here for you!

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