Yesterday we discussed why we inadvertently reinforce thunderstorm phobia.
What can we do to make it easier on our pet? We discussed that trying to comfort our dogs does not work.
We can reduce the phobia, especially in a younger dog, if we don’t give them attention. Veterinarians in Markham all agree, if your dog wants to go into the basement to hide, just let him go down, but don’t give her any attention. This will help you reduce the development of fear, because all phobias tend to get worse with age.
Other things Markham vets recommend:
Play loud music; turn on the vacuum etc. to overpower the sound of the thunder. This may work but not always. Dogs sense the change in atmospheric pressure as well.
- There are vests available now, that are placed quite tightly around the dog’s chest, giving him the feeling of security.
- Give anxiolytic medication. There are many different medical approaches. However most products work better if you give them in advance of the thunderstorm. Sometimes you need to give them days ahead, which of course is difficult to predict.
- Some medications are based on natural ingredients and seem to work quite well in some cases.
Please ask our veterinarians at the Animal Hospital of Unionville in Markham what they would recommend for your dog.
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