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Freaks out when he hears something that sounds like thunder, or in this case, it is thunder :banghead:

Anyone know how we can get him to calm down other than me givin him 2 benedryl and some whiskey/vodka soaked bread to calm him?

posted by  99integra

hes a nice dog!!!
i dont know how to keep a dog calm during thunder storms-sorry:doh:

posted by  True_Brit

He's a little bastard :ohcrap:

posted by  99integra

Oddly enough there was just something on the news today about dogs and thunder. It increases their heart rate something like 50% and wigs them out. I'm not sure why they had to do a study. The only people who didn't know that are the ones who don't have dogs. :wink2:

posted by  vwhobo

i had a St Bernard for a dog (for a little while) he was scared of thunder but not scared of fireworks!!! you can imagine what he was like jumping around etc etc, he was quite destructive!

posted by  True_Brit

Yeah I saw that, he shakes like a leaf and you can feel his heart rate increase dramatically in a matter of seconds, its sad but god its hard to control him :banghead:

posted by  99integra

And here I was thinking you had a Saint Bernard "for a cat". :doh:

posted by  vwhobo

whoops, quite stupid!
i stand corrected lol

posted by  True_Brit

Small dog 1.5mg
Medium dog 3.0 mg
Large dog 6.0 mg

of good quality melatonin (no vitamin or herb additives) before the storm hits, preferably a few hours earlier.

Check with a vet for peace of mind.

posted by  Wally

you could try that Doggie Downer stuff the sell at places like Petsmart:thumbs:

posted by  starscream0

open up your dishwasher and let him lie down under the door, ethier that or let him chill out in the bath tub:2cents:

thats the two places my dog always ends up to when we have thunder and lightning

posted by  nighthawk

Some vets recommend trying to divert their attention elsewhere with playing fetch indoors. Other options are (as stated above) to provide a safe place for them to hide. I know my dog wigs out really bad during a storm and will run to find shelter. You can also try Paxil, Valium, or Prozac. I'm serious. They are expensive, but useful as well as the Melatonin that Wally stated above.

I also remember an absolutely ridiculous device they had in the paper one year around Christmas time for thunderstorm anxiety in pets. It looked like a cape and the picture they provided had a cocker spaniel with the cape on and thunderbolts going between its ears. I sent it to Jay Leno for his Headlines, but never heard anything.

Here's the closest pic I could find to what I am referring to. It's an 'anxiety wrap'.

posted by  97Talonchik

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