Q: Is there anything I can give my dog when a thunder storm is approaching?

July 17, 2008 | By Donna P. | 9 answers | Expired: 2340 days ago

Donna P.

My 10 year old Bichon is so scared of thunder that he starts to get out of breath, pants and shakes from 15 minutes prior to a storm and this last for hours after it is over. I try to offer him snacks and comfort him but nothing helps. I am affraid he will have a heart attack. The Vet says there is nothing I can give him. Any Advice?

Readers' Answers (9)

Jul 17, 2008

My advice is talk to another vet. My little dog gets so upset he throws up. He was badly mistreated before we got him and I think he was left out in thunderstorms, he is very afraid. My vet gave him a tranquilizer that I only use for that. It doesnt knock him out or anything it just relaxes him. They have also given him valium at one time when we first got him, but he doesnt take it anymore. My suggestion is get a second opinion.

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Jul 17, 2008

RMSAIN is absolutely correct per my experience with Granite. It is important to act as if nothing is wrong yourself so the dog doesn't 'catch the fever'. As dog's are denning animals they like being in an enclosed area with only one way in and one way out so Granite prefers the small guest bathroom where I seldom turn on the light so it is dark, cool and his comfort zone. And that beats the heck out of drugs!

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Kristen B.

Jul 16, 2008

It's usually not a good idea to offer snacks when a dog is afraid - believe it or not, that's actually rewarding your dog for being afraid.

My first dog was absolutely terrified of thunder. So, whenever a storm was approaching, I gave her a few drops of Bach's Rescue Remedy, which is a flower essence with a soothing, calming effect. Might be worth a shot :) Good luck!

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