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PetAlive: The Natural Choice
 
June
Editorial

In the summertime, frequent thunderstorms are inevitable. As humans, we recognize nature’s patterns and have the common sense to realize they're usually not a threat. However, many cats and dogs feel anxious during storms. What can you do as a pet owner to ease their fears and worries naturally? Read on to find out!

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Many factors can aid in your pet's fear of summertime thunderstorms, including lightening, thunder, changes in air pressure or even the sound of pounding rain itself.

Signs of weather-related anxiety may include pacing, hiding under furniture, panting, whimpering, shivering, hissing and displaying hairs standing on end.

It is important to monitor your pet for these signs, as your pet could develop a phobia. A thunderstorm phobia can become progressively worse the more an animal is exposed, leading to undesirable behavior.

 

Phobia Prone Pets?

Some pets are more prone to phobias more than others. Studies have shown that pets suffering from separation anxiety may develop a phobia easier than those who do not. Pets are also likely to become afraid of similar sounds or environments that are associated with thunderstorms.

An example of this is your pet becoming afraid of the rain because he/she knows that rain is associated with a thunderstorm. However, there are things you can do as an owner to lessen worries and fears

 

The Solution...

While the best solution may seem to be comforting your pet by petting, rubbing, and saying “It’s OK”, they are not! These actions actually confirm for your pet that there is something to be afraid of. Instead, try changing the environment of your pet, taking your pet into another room and even playing a game using their favorite toy.


Make the room inviting by closing curtains and blinds so your pet can’t see lightening flashes or rain. This will help alleviate or reduce whimpering and pacing.

By changing the scenery, your pet will become less aware of what is happening outside the door and start to associate thunderstorms with getting his/her favorite reward. 

Try PetCalm ™ to soothe nervousness and promote calm and emotional balance in highly strung pets

Maybe your pet has already changed his or her environment by hiding under furniture or peeking out of that tiny space you never knew existed. Many pets like to climb into closets, bathtubs, and any enclosed space where they feel less threatened.

Don’t worry; your pet is just practicing self-preservation. During this time, your pet may become anti-social, or even display some aggression about you attempting to get them to come out by growling or hissing at you.

Remember, don't reinforce their fears by “overprotecting” them. The best thing to do is go about your business and express a calm, upbeat and in-charge attitude.

Try Aggression Formula ™ to promote relaxation, calm and normal social behavior, plus discourage aggression

Some pets may feel the need to vocalize their phobia through excessive barking or meowing, but punishing your pet will only enhance their anxiety. Efforts in training to quell these issues in the past may seem like a faint memory.

Reducing or blocking the noise from a thunderstorm can help to calm your pet. Turning on music, television, or even running a fan will calm nerves and quiet abrupt cries.

Use normal volume on a T.V. or radio when blocking thunderstorm noise; you may even want to put them in a room that does not have outside walls.

Try Problem Pet Solution™ to reduce excessive barking, meowing and to help support good behavior in cats and dogs.

 

Also try...
Scared Cat

  • Desensitize your pet to thunderstorms by playing a CD with storm sounds a couple times a week. This will help your pet become accustomed to the sound of a thunderstorm. In the beginning, keep the volume low and slowly increase the volume. Stay in the room with your pet while the CD/tape is being played. Gradually, leave the room while your pet stays to listen.  Allow your pet to have toys and treats while going through the exercise; during a real storm, use the same toys and treats.

  • Keeping your pet in good health is always important. Poor health seems to cause more anxiety in pets. An injured pet may feel more anxious when a thunderstorm occurs. An example: if your pet has an injured leg, he/she will be more irritable and be susceptible to behavior changes.

  • Exercise is key. When you know a thunderstorm is coming, take your pet out for a walk, run, or play with a toy inside beforehand to tire them both mentally and physically, as this will make him/her less responsive to noise. Exercise your pet on a regular basis for happy, fun-loving attitudes.

  • Creating a “safe haven” may be a good idea; a place where you pet can go to feel less threatened by summertime thunderstorms. Try using a crate and placing a blanket or a towel over the top. If your pet is prone to running away under frightening circumstances, creating a “safe haven” will show your pet there is a place to go without leaving the home.

Fear of thunderstorms is a common problem among pets, but keeping your pet calm and comforted doesn’t have to mean coddling their anxiety. By exuding confidence, calmness and using simple techniques, you are letting your pet know that there is nothing to fear when a rain cloud is overhead.

 

Product Questions? Ask Our Pet Experts

Question:

My greyhound is afraid of thunder.  He gets wary when the weather is threatening and actually starts to shake and tremor when he hears thunder.  I'm concerned about using sedatives for greyhounds because they have problems with some drugs.  Is this sedative okay for "thunder-fear" for my greyhound?

Thanks,”

– Dee

Answer:

We highly recommend our PetCalm™ remedy for your dog. This remedy is not a sedative, but will help improve emotional well-being and calm an easily startled pet during difficult times.

PetCalm is a safe, non-addictive 100% natural homeopathic remedy registered with the FDA and formulated especially for pets to temporarily relieve acute symptoms of fright and nervousness, helping to calm and soothe your pet back to balanced mood.

The PetAlive Team


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