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Q: I have a dog - 51/2 years old and terriffied of thunder!

April 3, 2008 | By michelle b. | 5 answers | Expired: 2329 days ago

She shakes and pants from the first rumble. And is very clingy before the thunder starts. What can I do to help calm her or to relieve her anxiety.

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Jill R.
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Apr 03, 2008

Some people use Rescue Remedy as a natural calming agent. If that isn't helpful, you can speak to your vet for a prescription sedative.

I had a dog that would become very upset with storms too. I would try to get her mind off it by turning up the tv or try to get her to play. She usually just went in the closet and hid until it was over.

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JaNeen H.
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Apr 03, 2008

My Lhasa Marley is afraid of rain, lightening and thunder. What I have found to be helpful is I have a loud HEPA filter, that when I turn it on High, it drowns out all outside noise. Couple this with turning the lights on so they don't see the lightening also helps. So, if you have something loud like like this to create "white" noise, I have found it works best. I have tried other items such as calming pills, aromatherapy, etc, and they just don't work.

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SuzzieQ
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Apr 03, 2008

my black lab maggie [RIP] did the same thing. someone lite a firecracker in front of her when she was less than a year old. our vet gave us D.A.P. or dog appeasing pheromone spray. we took two hanker-chiefs and tied them together. whenever a storm came around, we sprayed it and put it loosly around her neck. it really helped.

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