Q: What can I do to calm my dog down during thunderstorms?
At the moment he hears thunder, he begins pacing the house, shaking and eventually ends up in the closet or under the bed. Is there anything I can do to prevent his fear? I've heard Benedryl works, but I want to be sure this is true before i give him some sort of medication that could effect him in other ways.
Jun 12, 2008
Benadryl should be safe and hopefully it will work. We have a dachshund who hs gotten actual panic attacks (hyperventilation, pounding heart...) during storms her whole life. Our vet eventually prescribed a tiny dose of valium for her to take as soon as she started reacting. This has helped a lot, she just goes to a favorite spot and chills out. Since she will be 16 in a couple of months, there does not appear to have been any long term negative side effects.
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Jun 16, 2008
I, too, found that distration helps. My Malamute used to panic during thunderstorms and during fireworks on the 4th. Early on, I would talk to her and try to calm her down.....never worked...if anything, it made the situation worse and I ended up losing my patience with her. I found that if I turned the volume up on the television or the radio, it would distract her. Just don't leave your television on a local channel covering the fireworks on the 4th. :) I also starting ignoring the behavior (although it was very painful to ignore it, it was the best thing for her). Good luck.
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Jun 11, 2008
I live in Ohio (we have lots of thunderstorms here as well as several tornadoes). If Wiggles gets antsy during a storm, I figure he may know something I don't, so I turn on the weather radio. Almost always, there'll either be a thunderstorm warning or a tornado watch/warning. Like dogs that warn their owners about homes being on fire, there may be a very good reason for your dog's being upset. With "garden variety" rainstorms, Wiggles doesn't even react. Even with storms that are passing at a distance, with the accompanying distant rumbles of thunder, he remains calm. Animals' senses are keener than ours, so there may be good reason for the anxiety.
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