It’s Like Thunder, Lightning! The Dog Be Crying!

Wow, what a great storm last night. Oliver and I went to bed around 9 and just cuddled listening to the soothing sounds of the thunder. Soothing–yes I said that, it ain’t no typo. I do, however, feel bad for many of my Facebook friends who were up half the night trying to calm down their furbabies. Storms like the one we had last night can cause serious stress and panic in all pets. But, what does that look like?

Some signs of anxiety are:

  • Licking
  • Yawning
  • Urinating
  • Pacing
  • Barking
  • Low head position “Crouching”
  • Frozen/tense muscles
  • Wide eyes
  • Pinned back ears
  • Tucked tail
  • No appetite

It’s important to be able to recognize when your dog is feeling anxious both for the safety of your pet and for yourself and your family. Anxious pets can feel threatened and overly worried and may exude undesired behavior that may be physically harmful, like biting.

If you know a storm (or any other trigger) is coming, there are some things you can do to help with the level of anxiety your pet will feel during the event.

  • Apply peppermint oil on paw pads
  • Put some Bach’s Rescue Remedy in water and allow your pet to drink from it
  • Exercise prior
  • Use of a Thundershirt
  • Acupressure is also known to have many benefits to pets. Use a back and forward motion on the area on top of the head, in front of the boney notch on the center of the skull, between the ears.
    More info on different canine acupressure points can be found here

Let me know, have you used any of these things to help your pet before–what were the results?

Until next time!

 

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