As I’m sitting here typing this tonight, a thunderstorm is brewing in the distance. The lighting is growing brighter and the thunder is getting louder.
I can easily hear the thunder with the T.V. on
The sliding door is cracked opened because it’s a balmy 55 degrees out and Sherman is laying next to the opening sucking up the beautiful spring air.
HE’S NAPPING NEXT TO THE OPEN DOOR AND IT’S THUNDERING.
His anxiety level is at 0
I watch him from the couch.
A bright flash of lightning brightens up the room.
I start counting,”One Mississippi, two Mississippi, three Mississippi, four Mississippi,” and then a crackling BOOM that makes me jump.
I look at Sherman and he opens one eye, looks at me and drifts backs to sleep.
His breathing is normal, he’s not panting, I’ve given him no anxiety medication prior and he’s not wearing his Thundershirt that I purchased for him last spring when he was having thunder panic attacks.
But yesterday, when I was preheating the oven for dinner, the timer went off and he went into a panic.
He’s was napping in the basement and seconds after the timer went off he came up the stairs into the kitchen huffing and puffing. He looked at me, looked at the oven and went in sat in the front room.
He sat there looking into the kitchen, panting for over an hour.
My husband came home from work and asked why Sherman was sitting in the front room by himself and I said, “The oven beeped.”
“Ohhhhhhh, scary stuff.” he said.
It seems that Sherman’s noise phobia has moved from “booms” to “beeps” and it’s not consistent.
I know that he’s afraid of the smoke and carbon monoxide detector beeps. He’s afraid of the oven beep and he’s terrified of the beep that the cable box makes when we loss power.
Right now his biggest beep fear seems to be the Amber Alerts and weather alerts that come across on the TV and cell phones. I knew I learned that the hard way a few weeks ago when 4 cell phones sounded in the house at the same time with an Amber Alert. Usually it’s just the TV but for some reason everyone was home and everyone had the volume on their cell phones set to high.
When the alarm went off it filled almost every room of the house and Sherman was terrified. It was one of his worst panic attacks that I’ve seen him have. He was panting, pacing and breathing heavy. I felt SO bad for him.
I looked at my arsenal of dog supplements and medications and decided to give the Pet Releaf CBD Oil a try. It was the only thing that I had that I thought would work pretty fast.
I gave him a dose and waited and waited a little bit.
Nothing. He was still a mess and by this time his chest was coated in a thick lining of slimy slobber.
I decided to give him another full dose and rub some Canna Care on his nose. Neither was going to do any harm since it’s near impossible to overdose on pure CBD oil and I thought maybe the smell of the Canna Care would in some way calm him.
I waited a bit and much to my surprise, about 15 minutes later Sherman was laying in the bathroom taking a snooze.
The bathroom isn’t a normal place for him to nap, unless he’s scared, but he seemed relaxed and his breathing was much more regular.
I was happy to see that the CBD oil worked fast for him and was able to give him some relief from anxiety that he was having over the beeping. Most of the things that I’ve used in the past are intended to help with stressful situations that you can foresee.
Fireworks are coming?
Get the white noise going, turn the TV up, put the Thundershirt on, get the Melatonin rolling, prepare the Rescue Remedy.
But the beeps? The beeps that come without warning, those are the ones I can’t prepare for.
I share this with you because you’ve let me know that a lot of you have dogs that are afraid of the beeps too. I can’t guarantee that this combo would work for other dogs like it did for Sherman but it might help a few over get over the “beep” anxiety a little faster and easier.
As always, it’s best o check with your veterinarian before adding any new supplement to your diet. If you’re interested in learning more about purchasing CBD you can check out our post from last month.
As for the oven beep. I’m not going to give Sherman something every time that happens. Since we just got as new oven a few months ago I’m hoping he’ll adjust and get over it in due time.
p.s. One more thing! My friend Jodi from Heart Like a Dog recently wrote a post about a smoke alarm that she has that has a 10-year battery life, limiting the amount of times that the alarm may beep with a low battery alert. Check it out HERE! I might be looking into getting one of these this year, even though it CAN beep when there’s an issue with the battery, it’s not suppose to if it’s properly taken care of, which means cleaning the dust out of it.
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