Calming Your Pet’s Storm Anxiety

Storm anxiety isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind when considering whether or not to take a pet out on the road – but it’s something to think about. Check out this list of products and solutions to sooth a nervous pet. When the thunder starts rolling, or the wind and your dog begin to howl in unison – you’ll be glad you did!

b24508e0-168e-4619-9136-dd66f1a2123d_2Thundershirt™ | This velcro-sealed pet vest uses the same concept as baby swaddling – simple, safe, and drug-free! The gentle pressure provided by the vest provides a calming effect for dogs weighing 7-110 pounds, and cats 9-13 pounds. There are 3 colors available, as well as embroidery – and it’s under $40!

Screen Shot 2013-06-11 at 1.15.10 PMBach Rescue® | Bach Rescue® Remedies are a diluted flower extract solution (including Impatiens, Star of Bethlehem, Cherry Plum, Rock Rose, and Clematis) that has been known to provide positive effects when used prior to storms or exposure to fireworks. Simply add two drops to your pet’s drinking water – all for under $17.

Antihistimines | According to some veterinarians recommend over-the-counter antihistamines to help your pets feel a little drowsy, so that they can sleep soundly through the storms. – Diphenhydramine, the active ingredient in Benadryl®, being the most highly recommended. Be sure to always discuss any medications with your vet prior to giving them to your pet!

Provide Treats & Love | It’s totally okay to soothe your anxious pet in this situation, scolding them could potentially make they more anxious – and worsen the situation.

Allow Them To Hide | Let your pet escape to a corner – or crate that they feel safe in.

Sources

Bach Rescue®

Thundershirt™

Petplan

USA Today