I have a pet dog that I rescued a few years ago that has anxiety attacks when the thunder begins to sound during a storm.
Pets have been subject to storms more this year in Charlotte,N.C. than any year I can remember in recent memory. So I tried to implement a little of Caesar's techniques for dog phobias, and then ran into this article on Science Daily.
Basically, research done in 2006 says: "A new study shows that dogs can get very upset during thunderstorms, whether or not their owner holds them. The study measured the stress hormone cortisol to be up to three times normal levels while the dogs heard recordings of a thunderstorm. The company of other dogs did help, though vets say medications may be more effective".
Since I have another dog,Murphy,perhaps that has kept Sadie's symptoms from getting too out-of-hand. I think at this point we can forgo the medication, but it is something I will keep in mind if my dog's symptoms get any worse!
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