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There was a time when I would read about people having dogs that were scared of thunderstorms and I would thank my lucky stars that I didn’t have one of those dogs. I couldn’t relate, my dogs were anxiety free of loud sounds, and I was happy about that because it seemed so stressful to have a dog with thunder phobia.
Things have changed.
Sherman is scared of thunderstorms.
Well, scared is an understatement.
He’s terrified of thunderstorms.
It’s been a growing fear of his for the past 2 years.
I saw it coming on but I didn’t realize how bad that it had gotten until Friday night when we had a severe thunderstorm move through town.
I blame myself for not being more on top of it because all day I knew that the storm was coming and I should of prepared Sherman for it way before hand but I didn’t know that his fear had gone to red zone.
Sherman’s not destructive with his thunderstorm phobia, he’s severe anxiety with pacing, panting, wanting to hide, seeking comfort and the look of fear in his eyes.
The panting was pretty bad this time. We had just had an unseasonably hot day that he was coping with and the anxiety of the storm was making it ten times harder on him.
I had a few things on hand that I tried but they were things that I should of given him a few hours before the storm was here.
We obviously have an issue that needs to be dealt with and I need to have a better plan in place for next time. I’m kind of familiar with some of the products out there but since I know that many of you deal with this with your own dogs for years, I’d like to hear your input on what you have found to work.
Here’s what I tried yesterday:
Pet Releaf. Pet Releaf is a CBD hemp oil. I had this on hand because I’m trying to review it and it has been proven to help dogs that suffer from anxiety. I’m really torn on the product right now which is why I haven’t written more about it. I like it and I am finding that it works on anxiety but I just gave it too late this time.
Rescue Remedy. I’ve used this product for years with pretty good results but again, I gave it too late this time. I’m also wondering if Sherman’s anxiety is above this now.
Have you had any luck with pheromone sprays?
Sherman seems to seek out the bathroom for a safe room so I allowed him to be in there as long as he needed and I also did my best to offer him reassurance. I didn’t leave him alone.
I’m really considering a Thundershirt but I’m a little concerned about putting that on him in the summer months. I know it’s a breathable material but I don’t like putting anything on the boys that could make them hotter.
What about the Storm Defender? The cape has a special metallic lining that discharges a dog’s fur and shields him from the static charge buildup reducing his sensitivity to the charge.
I would prefer NOT to give Sherman a strong medication. I’m looking for a more natural approach so are there any calming supplements that you find work well?
I appreciate everyone’s feedback. I’d like to have game plan in place for Spring so let me have it, what are some ways that you combat your dog’s fear of thunderstorms?