german-shepherd-1418330_1280Here at Red Barn Veterinary Clinic, we are proud to help patients with thunderstorm anxiety.

As the temperatures rise in the summer, thunderstorms are more likely to happen. For patients that are scared of thunderstorms and their owners, the whole season can be filled with anxiety.

Lucky for you, there are many things that can be done to help patients who suffer from thunderstorm anxiety. Medications and sedatives can be helpful, but you have to know when a thunderstorm is coming. The medications need to be given a few hours before the storm to take the full effect, so more and more people are looking for better ways to help their pets with this anxiety.

Thundershirts and other tight-fitting clothing have been shown to provide some relief for patients with anxiety. They fit snuggly, so it’s almost like your pets are being snuggled and kept safe. They work very well for most patients.

There are quite a few homeopathic remedies that may also help your pets. Massage can also be relaxing during a storm.

When you have thunderstorm-anxious dogs, you may have to change your lifestyle a little bit. You need to avoid storms as much as you can. Don’t take a vacation with your dogs to a place where you might have to deal with constant thunderstorms. Keep your dogs in the basement or another safe room when it storms, so that they can’t hear the storm as well. Play calming music. Give them a space where they feel safe.

If you have any questions about thunderstorm anxiety, don’t hesitate to contact us today at 260-728-BARN (2276).