Q How Do I Help My Dog with Fear of Storms?

 

 

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Many dogs (and some cats) have anxiety or even outright panic during thunderstorms.  Usually, the fear response becomes more obvious as the dog moves through middle-age.  Common signs of anxiety including hiding, whining, panting, pacing, and even destructive behavior.

Behavioral modification and reassurance may be enough to bring some calming affects; however, medications are often required to settle an anxious pet. Some medications can be given early in the day before any storm occurs. Other medications can be given closer to the actual storm event.  Knowing the forecast is the best way to form a pre-treatment plan.  Give us a call for more assistance.

Dr. Bob