Halloween is right around the corner, but that may not be the scariest thing on your dog’s mind. For many dogs, storms are a real and strong fear that can be very difficult to deal with. If you have a dog who experiences thunderstorm anxiety, start by talking to your vet. Several techniques including desensitization to sounds can help to alleviate some of the anxiety. Some dogs respond well to conservative therapy such as a “safe” spot within the house, pheromones, or anxiety wraps. Others dogs will require treatment with medications that may include sedatives or anti-anxiety drugs. Your vet can help you to develop a customized program that is most likely to ensure success in helping your pet get through stormy weather. While your dog may never like thunderstorms, it can learn to tolerate them with a well developed behavioral modification plan.
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