(Closed) Severe Storm Anxiety

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
234 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

My dog is terrified of fireworks (tried to fit through a cat door to get out of the basement and broke the whole door scared) and we’ve had success with benadryl… It just makes her super tired and relaxed and the vet gave us the dosage to be safe… Not exactly the same but if you know a storm is coming it could work!


Post # 4
817 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo

Thundershirt!! I can’t preach it loud enough. My baby is afraid of firewirks, thunder, etc and as soon as you put it on her her whole face and body relax, she settles, and can lay with us. Darling Husband or I still have to stay in the same room, but she’s ok and relatively calm. Her foster brother–who has definitely been abused in the past–gets even more benefit from it. We also benadryl if it’s terrible out, and I know people who use melatonin (we never have tried)  but the thundershirts are miraculous. We dose benadryl at roughly what they say for weights for kids, so 1 tab (25 mg) for a 35# dog and 2 tabs (50 mg) for a 65# dog. That’s per vet advice.

Post # 5
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@cantonbride:  I second the thundershirt. My best friend’s dog used to be so scared of storms that she would have to give her benadryl just to calm down (vet approved). She invested in the thundershirt, and the dog could sleep through a hurricane!

Post # 6
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

My dog growing up was scared to death of thunderstorms and fireworks.  Our vet gave us meds to give her to calm her down if we knew a storm was coming (or it was the 4th of July).

Post # 7
3170 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My sister just called me this morning saying that she got her dog a thunder coat and it works great. Her dog is SO nervous, all the time, and apparently last night she didn’t bark at all.

Post # 8
1342 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@cantonbride:  I agree about the Thundershirt!  We also had an RX for Xanax.

Post # 9
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I have met people who tried the Thundershirt and it really helped their dog, while others have tried it and felt it did nothing.  I think it is worth trying.

I am not one who really agrees with using sedatives like Benadryl or Acepromazine for dogs in anxious situations.  You aren’t helping their anxiety, they are just sedated and don’t bother you with their reactions.  Things like Prozac or Xanax are great for dogs if they have generalized anxiety, but you can’t really use those medications as needed just for storms.  There are anti anxiety medications that you can give on an as needed basis when storms or fireworks are expected that you can talk to your vet about if the Thundershirt doesn’t help or is not enough.

Post # 10
1252 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I also recommend Thundershirt. It helped our dog a lot! I would also give her Benadryl, but be careful with the dosage. 

Post # 11
1134 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I want to try the thundershirt. My dog is afraid of everything! poor puppy. We had a tornado last week and i spend the night with puppy basically sitting on me, panting and shaking. We have bad weather coming again tonight, and im afraid ill be going thru the same.

Post # 12
7771 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Mine does!  This is on my mind because there is a thunderstorm overhead right now.  Poor thing tried to get in the pantry- she like to hide in a closet or a strange dark interior space.  This might sound awful, but it isn’t- the only thing that helped her was making her her own “room.”  During a storm, she likes to be put away in it (all dark, close the door).  At our last place it was the laundry room, here it is a walk-in closet.  She has pillows, blankets, dog beds etc. in there and during a storm she wants me to put her in there and close the door.  I leave the door open normally and she loves to be in there and sleep.

Post # 13
501 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@cantonbride:  I’ve heard great things about the Thundershirt, I think it’s definitely worth a try…just make sure you following the manufacturer’s sizing guidelines, they’re supposed to be quite tight (compared to an ordinary dog coat).


I was super-skeptical of the DAP diffusers/spray, but tried it for my rescue dog when he was anxious about some ongoing yard work/construction outside our house.  Amazingly, it seemed to really help!  (He had been busting down baby gates to hide in the basement, and after ~24 hours of the diffuser, no break-ins!).  That said, the effects seemed to wear off after a while, so perhaps saving it for just times of stress will prolong the results?


I also know people who swear by Rescue Remedy floral/herbal drops…but others who just laugh and say they’re useless.  I’ve never tried them since my dog has flower and grass allergies and I’m afraid the flower oils could cause problems.  YMMV 🙂

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