Storm phobia can make even the bravest of animals revert to unusual behaviour such as hiding under furniture, drooling, pacing, barking and destructive chewing.
And because dogs can predict when a storm is brewing any plan to help them deal with a storm needs to be thought out well in advance.
With more storms predicted for Queensland in the summer months, here are some ideas to help your anxious pet cope:
- For indoor pets, a safe environment where they have comforters, food, water and most importantly can’t escape is ideal. For larger animals, a sheltered under cover area or a pen/crate with access to food and water may help prevent escape attempts.
- If you are with your pet, stay close and distract them with a game, bone or soothing music before they start to sense the storm.
- It might seem obvious, but double check your fences to ensure there aren’t any weak areas ideal for escape attempts.
- Specifically designed storm music can be used outside of storms to attempt to desensitise your pet.
- There are various anti-anxiety products available which your local vet can advise about.
- If your pet is struggling with storms it is worth seeing your local vet to develop a plan for treating their anxiety. Your vet may decide to refer you to a specialist veterinary behavourist if required.