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Tips for Dealing with Your Dog’s Fear of Thunder Part 2

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Do you need help coping with your dog’s thunderstorm anxiety?

If so, you’ve come to the right place. Our experienced veterinarian in North Merrick can handle all of your dog’s needs, whether they be physical or psychological. In our last blog, we went over several tips to help you cope with your dog’s thunderstorm anxiety. Keep reading for more helpful tips:

#4. Compete with the noise.

Often, it’s the rumbling from the thunder that ends up freaking dogs out during storms. If this is the case for your dog, take them to an enclosed room, like a bathroom or closet, and turn on the radio or put on a CD. This will minimize the thunder your dog hears and help them to calm down.

#5. Get your dog used to hearing thunder.

Some people have found success in desentizing their dogs to thunder by playing thunderstorm CDs for them when the weather is calm. Play the CD on a low volume while you pet your dog and give them treats. When your dog starts to get used to the noise, start raising the volume over an extended period of time.

#6. Talk to your veterinarian about medication.

In some cases, dogs are so fearful that none of the other methods will work to calm them down. Although no one wants to have to give their dog medication to relieve their fears, sometimes it’s the only option. Don’t be afraid to ask your veterinarian for help!

If you have any questions or concerns about coping with your dog’s thunderstorm anxiety, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

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