Post # 1
This post is partially just to share this picture and partially to find out if anyone else has this issue with their pets? My dog is absolutely terrified of thunderstorms. He shakes and hides. His favorite spot is behind a chair but he also will go to the closet door if it gets bad enough (he learned that this is where we go when there’s a tornado warning).
This picture is from last night but today it stormed while I was sleeping (I work nights) and he kept waking me up to cuddle with him to make him feel better. For my old dog, my vet used to tell us to give her a children’s benadryl to relax her but she was a lot larger than he is so we don’t necessarily want to medicate him.
My cat actually loves storms and gets right up to the window to watch them but my dog can’t stand it and seems to think his world is falling apart. Does anyone else have to go through this?
Post # 3
Love that pictures!!!
My dog is scared of storms, too. But the fear didn’t develop until she was about 2 years old (she is now 6.5). She scratches at the floor, like she’s trying to dig, when it storms outside.
Post # 4
Such a cute picture! Our dog isn’t bright enough to be scared of them but our cat will hide under the bed if the thunder hits really close. Our friends dog is the best though…..she hides in the bathtub! It’s hysterical since she is a big dog who at times is intimidating to those who don’t know her.
Post # 5
We have two labs – one is 4 years old, the other is 1.5
The 4 year old is terrified and shakes for over 24 hours, so we give him a dose of Dramamine if we know that storm is approaching. He’s terrified and always tries to hide. I feel so awful when I see him shaking that violently.
Our little 1.5 puppy thinks its a game and runs and jumps around the house!!
Funny how different they are!
Post # 6
Aw! Poor pup!
My golden is four years old and just decided he was afraid of storms about two months ago. He becomes a velcro dog and pants when they are coming. I’ve woken up to him panting at my side in bed. I feel so sorry for him!
My FI’s sister’s golden has pulled a front loader dryer on a pedestal out from the wall to hid behind it during a thunderstorm. Sadly, they have to medicate him because they can’t comfort him. 🙁
Post # 7
our siamese cat is terrified of storms. she manages to get her fat butt under the entertainment center. it is the funniest thing ever. she stays under there for hours.
our snow bengal cat loves storms. she jumps right in the window.
Post # 8
Look into the Thundershirt. It’s awesome, and I recommend it all the time. 🙂 thundershirt.com
Post # 9
I was going to recommend either Thundershirt, Anxiety Wraps, or a t-shirt or sweatshirt that fits tightly across the dog’s chest. The Thundershirt website has some info on how they work. Definitely worth trying, especially if you don’t want to drug your dog, (and much safer/healthier than drugs).
Also, if your dog is afraid of storms (or other things) DO NOT give in to the temptation to baby them. Baby-talking and the like only feeds into the anxiety, (it makes them think they have something to fear because you fear it to, when what they need is a strong pack leader to show them they don’t need to be afraid).
Post # 10
My dog growing up was scared to death of storms. He would hide in the bathtub and behind the toilets and just shake and shake and shake. Our vet gave us some kind of a doggie sedative to give him when we knew a storm (or 4th of July fireworks) were coming our way.
Post # 11
My dog growing up was a big baby when it came to thunderstorms. We had a mutt of a dog, but he was part german sheperd so you can imagine the size of him. He would throw up every single time. He’d proceed to climb on someone’s lap and coward during the storms too. I miss him though. I’d give anything to have those moments back.
Post # 12
My dog is so afraid of storms. She climbs on to my future hubby’s pillow and shakes. I feel so bad for her. We are looking into an anxiety wrap for her.
Post # 13
My pup is so afraid of storms. She walks around with her ears back and her tail tucked trying to see where the noise is coming from. Then she runs under our legs and hide.
Post # 14
i just sent the link about the thundershirt to my Dad. His dog Callie has severe thunderstorm phobia. This may be a great way to treat her.
Post # 15
Ive heard of another way to help dogs with anxiety problems is through scent association, since a lot of a dog’s brain is controlled by their nose. I read a story on Cesar Milan’s website about a dog that had a huge fear of flying and Thundershirt and Mutt Muff’s didn’t help him. Basically, she used lavender oil and associated that with treats/massages/praise, so when the next time she flew with her dog, she brought out the lavender oil and he calmed right down.
Might be worth it to try!
Here’s the link to the story: http://www.cesarsway.com/packgallery/successstories/Lydia-and-Mackey