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Does your dog need pet medication during thunderstorms to calm him down?

Wednesday, May 12, 2010
posted by Jim Murphy

dog-with-medsIf thunderstorms send your dog threw the roof, therapies for storm phobia include pet medication, behavioral modification, and classical conditioning. If it’s already storm season, the best solution is anti-anxiety pet medication. Terri Curtis, an Veterinary Behaviorist at The University of Florida, says dog appeasing pheromone is also useful. She says that it’s a pheromone that mimics nursing mothers’ so it’s very soothing and calming. It comes in a diffuser, spray and collar form.  Putting a collar on or a diffuser where the dog tends to stay during a storm can be very useful. During the off season, desensitize your dog by using behavior modification and classical conditioning.  You may also try giving him treats while you play a storm CD.



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