5 Tips For Storm Phobic Pets

Loud noises like thunder, heavy rain, and lightning flashes can make pets feel unsettled. For many of our four-legged companions, thunderstorms can be the cause of a range of odd behaviours.

Some anxious behaviours include hiding beneath furniture, drooling, pacing, barking, destructive chewing, or even escape attempts.

There are many options available to assist in desensitising your dog to storms. It may be as simple as one of the following five tactics:

1. Provide your pet with a safe and familiar place

A small space like a bathroom or laundry can make your pet feel secure. Ensure they have access to their safe space even when you are not at home.

2. Contact your local vet

Your local Greencross Vets team can recommend the best calming solutions for your pet, which may include behaviour training along with calming wraps like thunder jackets, pheromones (DAP) or medication (if determined necessary by your veterinarian).

3. Playing soothing music before the storm hits and during

Calm music can help your pet maintain their composure or help to reduce their stress levels by masking the storm noises.

4. Desensitisation

Recordings of thunderstorms are available, which can be slowly introduced to expose your dog to the common noises of storms. This will, in turn, begin the process of desensitisation.

5. Reassurance and comfort

If your dog is seeking your comfort, provide them with calm reassurance and attention.
If you find your pet is intensely afraid or anxious, contact or visit your local Greencross Vets to discuss the best course of action.