If your fur baby freaks out when there’s a thunderstorm it can be pretty traumatic.
Some dogs react pretty badly resulting in barking, howling and hiding, and in extreme cases will even break out of their own backyards, when a severe storm hits.
But now, a veterinarian has revealed a surprising way to help keep terrified dogs calm during thunderstorms – and it doesn’t require medication.
Dr Kirsty Fridemanis from the Toowong Family Vet has revealed to Yahoo7 that when thunder strikes it’s possible to stop canine anxiety without the use of pills or potions.
Dr Fridemanis said the trick is to simply redirect your dogs attention instead of drugging them.
She also said it’s better to avoid mollycoddling over your pet – or pacifying their fear with medication – and instead use strategies to ‘redirect their focus’ away from the storm.
‘Being with them but going about your business,’ Dr Fridemanis said.
Try challenging your dog’s mind by practicing a new trick, or introducing them to new activities such as a toy filled with food so they can use up some of their energy.
Games like this also terrific for distraction from any unsettling sounds, whether it’s from thunder, fireworks or other loud noises.
Dr Fridemanis said medication can be effective, she reminded pet owners to speak to their vet beforehand.
‘If people are seeking medication for their pets, we need to see the patient and examine the patient first,’ she said.