(Closed) Pets scared of thunderstorms

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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
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Helper bee

Look into the Thundershirt. It’s awesome, and I recommend it all the time. 🙂 thundershirt.com

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

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
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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

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