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Summer is fast approaching. Time for all the
irresponsible pet owners to either drop off their
dogs at the shelters or … if they do care a little
more than the average person, they will give rescue
a call. They give up their pets for these reasons:
moving, vacations, and … oh yes, it’s thunderstorm
GRINinc. has had their share of goldens that have a
fear of thunderstorms. It ranges from a mild
reaction (panting, pacing, hiding, shadowing the
family member) to a severe reaction (clawing at
doors, carpets, destructive behavior). Some of the
dogs are thunderphobic for a reason. They have
either been left outside in the yard or on the lanai
during a storm. Other dogs that have
never been left outside just seem to be extremely
sensitive to changes in the barometer and the
electricity that is in the atmosphere, along
with sensitivity to loud noises.
What can we do to help these dogs? Obviously, if
you are outside with your dog bring them in right
away … that is safest for both you and your golden.
Also, as hard as it may seem, ignore your dog’s
reactions. It is normal to comfort them but, when
you do, the trainers tell us that you are
reinforcing that negative behavior. Let them
hide anywhere. We have a few goldens that love to
go into bathtubs...hey whatever it takes, right?!
There are medications that your vet can prescribe;
however, the timing is usually off and the
medication does not kick in during the storm, but
after. Also some dogs should not have tranquilizers
for health reasons. There is a holistic remedy
called Bach's Rescue Remedy, www.bachflower.com.
Some people say it works ... others say it does
not. There is a garment that the dog can wear
www.anxietywrap.com/inthenews.htm. I don't have
any statistics on whether this truly works. Of
course you can try to get your dog "used to” the
sounds of thunder by playing a CD. These are some
ideas...but whether they really work, it is hard to
say. Destructive behavior, which usually happens
when the dog is alone, is another situation of
concern. GRINinc. tries to place a dog like this
with someone that has a flexible schedule so that
the owner can be home during a thunderstorm.
If you have a thunderphobic dog and you would like
to share your experience and suggestions, please
email our webmaster at
firstname.lastname@example.org We will put your story on our
website in the hopes of helping another family that
has a thunderphobic pet.
RECEIVED FROM OUR READERS:
you have a kennel, cover it with a blanket or sheet. It seems to give
the dog a sense of being in a den, which is in their instinct. I have
heard from several people it works well. Clara S. & Casey
had several dogs with “noise” and thunderstorm phobias. I
have tried Bach Flower Rescue Remedy (with some success) and
T-Touch is really interesting and did work well with our
“nutty” dog. I used it in combination with Rescue Remedy
and melatonin because he had so many issues. The Rescue and
melatonin worked well with one of my other dogs who had
T-Storm phobia. Now, most are so deaf they don’t even react
very much to either fireworks or T-Storms.
an article on Melantonin. I read about it in Whole Dog
Journal several years ago. I am sure you could get a copy of
the article. L.H.
Melatonin And Its Effects On Canine Thunder Phobia
article in The Whole Dog Journal reports that one of the
most effective treatments for thunderstorm phobia is
melatonin, an over-the-counter hormone used by humans to
Nicholas Dodman and his colleague Dr. Linda Aronson of the
behavioral section at Tufts New England Veterinary Medical
Center had been looking for something that would help reduce
canine thunderstorm phobias when they discovered research papers
on the effect of melatonin. Research indicated a positive effect
of melatonin on dogs that continually lick their flanks as well
as a calming effect on chickens in overcrowded conditions.
Drs. Dodman and
Aronson wondered whether melatonin might work on noise phobic dogs. The
first dog to try it was Dr. Aronson's own Bearded Collie who had severe
thunder phobia after lightening struck very near her house. The effect
of the melatonin was dramatic. The dog simply stopped being afraid
instead of tearing around the house and digging at the carpets. The
melatonin did not put her to sleep, she stayed awake and alert -- just
not bothered by the thunder.
Drs. Dodman and
Aronson then gave the melatonin to other dogs and produced the same
result. Melatonin worked for other noise fears (one dog was afraid of
songbirds) as well, including fireworks!
Melatonin is sold
in capsules and tablets in health food stores, pharmacies and some
supermarkets. It is sold in doses as low as 200 micrograms (mcg.). For
most dogs, Aronson prescribes 3 milligrams (mg.) In a few cases, dogs
weighing over one hundred pounds needed 6 mg. but that was unusual.
Aronson usually gives dogs that weigh less than 30 pounds, 1.5 mg.
Although they have not treated any phobic really tiny dogs, Aronson
would reduce the dosage further for them.
to read the labels on melatonin bottles very carefully. Some are mixed
with herbs or nutrients that may not be safe for dogs. Make sure you buy
the correct dosage for your size dog. Remember, there are 1,000
micrograms (mcg.) in a milligram (mg.) so a 200 mcg. pill contains only
1/15 of the amount recommended for a large dog.
melatonin is not regulated by any federal agency, the quality varies
greatly from manufacturer to manufacturer. If an inferior product is
administered, it may not be effective in calming a dog whereas a
higher quality product might be. We cannot recommend any particular
brand that is best, so the best course of action is purchase the
product from a supplier you trust and believe to carry better
quality. Some holistic veterinarians sell melatonin and their
products might be better quality.
You can give
your dog melatonin before you leave for the day if thunderstorms are
predicted because it remains effective for several hours. Otherwise,
give it when thunder seems imminent. Give melatonin immediately when
you see your dog becoming agitated. If your dog has autoimmune
disease or severe liver or kidney disease, check with your
veterinarian before giving melatonin.
The April 2000
issue of The Whole Dog Journal has a comprehensive five page article
on remedies that do not use drugs. The May 2000 issue has a complete
article on melatonin and other holistic phobia remedies. To purchase
a copy, contact The Whole Dog Journal at (800) 424-7887 or
email@example.com. This is an excellent publication that
does not accept any advertising.
I've had a lot of success with Anxiety Wrap for all kinds of dog
anxiety problems. There's a relatively new product out there
called "Storm Defender"; here's the
site for it:
http://www.stormdef ender.com/ about_me. htm
It was invented by a guy with degrees in psychology and
electrical engineering. What many people don't realize is that
the ionized air and increased static electricity present during
thunderstorms seems to be very unpleasant to some dogs, and at
the very least a sentinel that 'bad things are coming'. This
cape has properties that neutralize the effects of that for the
dog who wears it.
The medication of choice for phobias and anxiety disorders is
Prozac/ fluoxetine. It would a shame to think the dog was being
put down without having tried that first.
Many dogs who ultimately do well on a long-term course of
fluoxetine (it requires 3 or more weeks of dosing before it
becomes effective in the dog's system) also respond well to
Xanax, which is very short-acting; you only need to administer
it a few hours before your 'event'. author not known.
May 15 and
June 15, 2007
we have had 5 adoptions completed!
currently has seven goldens in foster
on the left menu
to see photos of our recently adopted Goldens.
Don’t forget to check
The Rainbow Bridge
beloved golden of Joan and John G.
beloved golden of John and Sally M.
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