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This is a test… This is only a test!

A few days ago our local TV stations were doing their monthly testing of the Emergency Broadcast System.

Unfortunately due to our location we get that alert often for flood watches, flash flood warnings, tornado watches and warnings, and severe T-storm warnings. So often in fact that Hank has associated that noise with thunder!

Seriously with a Spring forecast like this one:

7 Day Forecast Starting this past Wednesday

7 Day Forecast Starting this past Wednesday

Who could blame poor Hank!

weeks forcast details

Hank has this nervous habit that when hears thunder he gets up to run to the nearest person to lay under their feet. Unfortunately if Kevin or I happen to be outside for storm prep he will stay outside and try to get to us. If we let him out so he can be with us and hears thunder the poor guy panics and bolts! If we are inside and he is already under our feet due to the last thunderclap he gets up and bolts then realizes he just left the room we were in and comes back.

Hank isn’t our only dog who is nervous from storms, Putt-Putt and Willow are to!

So much so I have been debating (but shamefully procrastinating) testing different methods of storm anxiety relief; such as Thundershirts, aromatherapy, and desensitization.

 

Does anyone else have dogs that are T-storm anxious? If so what do you do/use to help alleviate the anxiety?

18 comments on “This is a test… This is only a test!

  1. Aimable Cats

    I have known cats who run under the bed when the thunder starts… even if they have to run upstairs first.

    With my current cat Parker, we often go downstairs to the laundry room for severe weather. Since we are in an apartment, that means getting her into her carrier. Sometimes, when the weather radio gives its weekly test, I’ll put her in the carrier until the test ends, just so she gets used to the idea.
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    1. Victoria Carter
      Victoria Carter

      Wow, I guess we are lucky it’s just our dogs that get anxious, I’ve never had a cat get T-Storm anxious!

      Sounds like you have a great routine though!
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  2. Amanda

    Hank is so handsome! Luckily my dogs don’t mind thunderstorms. In fact, Wynston likes to go out in the rain. He’s such a weirdo. But we don’t get many storms in AZ 🙁

    1. Victoria Carter
      Victoria Carter

      Memphis used to love storms as well, he would sit out on the deck and just get soaked… and he was a cat!

      Chloe is our only pup that doesn’t seem to mind storms. In fact I’ve heard her bark at a clap of thunder before just because it scared the others!
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  3. Robin

    My kitties aren’t big fans of thunderstorms. Just like you, we get a lot of rain and thunder right around now. Luckily, today it is sunny. Anyway, when the cats get scared, we usually just let them hide if they want to because we know it makes them feel safer. Sometimes we turn up the tv pretty loud because that seems to drown down the thunder a bit for them with a more familiar noise.
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    1. Victoria Carter
      Victoria Carter

      I’ve always done similar, but Willow is starting to get a touch destructive in her anxiety, digging at cushions and trying to bury herself in blankets.
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    1. Victoria Carter
      Victoria Carter

      storms in the distance don’t bother ours, its when they are close and within ‘booming’ range that it’s an issue. Rain by itself is also not an issue, just the thunder.
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  4. Beth | Daily Dog Tag

    I know people who have had success with the Thundershirt. I’ve also recently read that rubbing a dryer sheet to help reduce the static buildup in a dog’s fur makes a big difference. (I don’t know if dryer sheets are safe for their skin, so I can’t recommend this, just passing it on because I thought it was interesting.)
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    1. Victoria Carter
      Victoria Carter

      Unfortunately dryer sheets are NOT safe for use on pets, and we don’t use them anyways. But the static I’m sure is a big part of the issue, the three with longer fur are the ones bothered, the one with shorter fur isn’t.
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  5. Carol

    Our german shepherd mix is so terrified of thunderstorms we have a prescription for diazepam from our vet. She goes into a blind panic, pants, drools, and shakes. I’m really afraid she will injure herself if we don’t medicate her when it storms. Aromatherapy with high quality theraputic grade essential oils (lavender oil specifically) and Thundershirts work well for the other two dogs.
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    1. Victoria Carter
      Victoria Carter

      Unfortunately lavender oil won’t work here, Kevin is pretty sensitive to certain scents and lavender is one those that bothers him. I’ve heard Benadryl works well for anxiety (Willow also starts trembling during really bad storms), I should probably discuss using that with our vets.
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  6. Kia

    Aww poor doggies. Simba isn’t scared of thunderstorms at all. I hope you find something that works out for them so they won’t be so terrified.
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    1. Victoria Carter
      Victoria Carter

      I hope we can help find something that will calm them too! I just hate seeing them like this! (plus I really don’t want any more holes in my quilts!)
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