Thunderstorms and other types of severe weather conditions are an issue in various areas across the country. Even if a storm does not do a lot of damage, some dogs find the thunder, lightening, changes in atmospheric pressure, and/or electrical charges associated with a storm absolutely terrifying. Storm phobias are very common in dogs and this fear tends to worsen as dogs age.
For an owner with a dog with a storm phobia, the first sign that bad weather is approaching is often seeing their beloved pooch start to pant, pace, drool, and eventually run for cover. It’s heartbreaking to witness a dog become fearful of a storm, but help is available.
- Some owners report excellent results with tightly-fitting Thundershirts that apply reassuring pressure around a dog’s body.
- Pheromones or homeopathic preparations may also promote a sense of calm.
- If all else fails, make an appointment with a veterinarian specializing in behavioral medicine. He or she will be able to assess your dog’s situation and recommend behavior modification techniques and possibly anti-anxiety medications tailored to your dog’s specific needs.