During times of rough weather, it can be difficult to keep four-legged friends calm and comforted amid the madness.
According to experts at WebMD, thunderstorm phobia in dogs is quite common and shouldn’t be ignored.
“Most of the time they don’t grow out of it on their own, and many will get worse with time if nothing is done,” veterinarian Matt Peuser said.
While there’s no easy fix, here are seven tips to help relax your frightened fur ball during a storm:
The best way to be prepared to make arrangements for your dog is to simply check the forecast. According to Pethealth.com, thunder usually occurs in the afternoons.
You can also set up a pet disaster kit, the Palm Beach Post reported. Fill up a waterproof container with Fido’s medications and medical records, essentials such as a leash and collar, food, water and dishes for both. Other items to include: a manual can opener, grooming supplies, your pet’s blanket and favorite toy, cleanser and disinfectant to handle waste, newspapers or litter, paper towels and plastic bags.
If you know your dog tends to be fearful of storms, try to stay home or arrange for someone to stick around.