When it is stormy weather, what special considerations do you make for your pet?
We have been feeling the effects of the tropical storm (and still are) here in Florida. I have an inside/outside kitty. When it is stormy like this, I encourage her to spend time inside more than otherwise. Right now she is tucked up on a couch, purring away.
I don't know - I was worried about 4th July fireworks - but because of fire hazards won't have them this year. I would think they would crawl into the usual safe spot in the house.
My dog's safe spot is behind the couch where I had put blankets on the lower part of a table in the corner of the living room. Totally hidden.
My dogs are ok with thunder storms but fireworks have been a huge problem in the past. I usually turn the volume up on my TV/Music so that it drowns out the noises to some extent. I also make up games and treats to distract the dogs from the noises. I've also tried the plug-in pheremones and they do work to a certain extent. Unfortunately one of my bitches that I had a few years ago - Megan, my Rough Collie - nothing worked and she was petrified of fireworks. We took advice from our vet, and we had no choice but to use sedation for one day during Guy Fawkes Night in the UK, when the dam fireworks go off from early afternoon to late at night. It really is horrible to see your pet so distressed by noise whether its fireworks or thunder storms.
My Boston terrier gets to sleep in our room by our bed. He is terrified of storms even though he is almost deaf now but still seems to know if it is storming.
He'll tremble and look at us pitiful and knows we'll let him sleep in our room. He's a big chicken during bad weather.
All of my pets are "inside" pets. None of them are frightened of thunderstorms so I take no special precautions as a rule. However, my one dog tends to be sensitive and a bit reactive and fearful. One time she exhibited some signs of fear of a thunderstorm and I put her Anxiety Wrap on and she calmed down: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxbIMIRL-lM
My dog seems to be okay with storms, too. She comes in the house pretty easy if it's raining, too cold, snowing, etc.
I also have a horse but she stays outside all the time, anyway, lol. She has some trees she can get under if it's raining, though.
In stormy weather I provide my dog with more warm bedding and I ensure that the dog is comfortable with the new bedding.
When it is stormy outside it is cuddle time! All of my animals are great in thunderstorms and the like.
A few years ago we had a dalmatian that had problems with fireworks. He would run around the back yard like crazy barking and howling whenever there were fireworks. So we would show him some attention and at the very least, just be there with him. Not a perfect solution, but for an ex-farm dog...it was good.
I think it isn't the storm animals are afraid of. It is the sound of thunder or fireworks. You can invite them to spent the night at the basement where the sound is softer. Actually if you keep on touching them when the sound is much louder they will get used to it. Always stay with them to make them feel comfortable.
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