THUNDERSTORMS AND YOUR PET
There are some steps you can take to help your pet cope. First, try to offer them a safe place to go when a storm occurs. Their crate, an isolated spot in the basement, or in a room with you with some background noise to drown out the sounds of thunder, can help to calm them. If you begin to notice that there is one spot in particular that your pet always seems to run to during a storm make sure that it’s safe, and is accessible to them so as not to increase their anxiety. An interesting idea to consider would be to place your pet into a snug garment. Researchers find that placing your pet into a snug t-shirt or pressure wrap can have a calming effect similar to swaddling a baby.
Before you try household remedies to comfort your pet though, remember that this can slightly improve things but also have the potential to make matters worse. Please remember that it is best in these types of situations to consult with your veterinarian for proper advice. In some cases, if the doctor is able to examine your pet regarding their fear of storms, they can give better advise as to what will be the best course of action to take in assisting your pet. Depending on the severity of your pets anxiety, perhaps simple behavioural modification or even giving anti-anxiety medications before the storm could help significantly. In other cases, more complex treatments may be warranted. Definitely don’t delay though! Make an appointment today with your veterinarian who will work with you to set up a treatment plan that best fits your pets needs. Hopefully this will prevent this phobia from developing into a dangerous situation!