We have tried everything we know to do for Mandy and nothing works. Night before last we had a pretty bad storm with the lightening and loud thunder and she just goes biserk. The other two it does not effect at all. Mandy actually hyperventilates. She shakes so bad it just scares me to death she is going to have a heartattack or something. Has anyone ever used anything that really work? I have bought the calm pills and the only think that calms her even alittle is to let her get inbetween us and sleep with us. Any suggestions, we are due for some more rain.???
our great pyrenees used to flip out during thunderstorms. when she was still able to get around she would climb onto my son's bed and just stay there until the storm was over. he had bunk beds so i guess she felt safe. when she wasn't able to get around anymore she would have such anxiety and would start whining and wouldn't stop. i brought home some acepromazine from work and gave her such a small dose and it knocked her out cold for 24 hours. that scared the bejeezus out of me because she got a cats dose. so we never used that again. we used benadryl the next time and that worked really well for her so we continued with that whenever we had storms.
My Yorkie used to have severe anxiety everytime a thunderstorm came through. We started by using prescription medicine from her vet, not sure but I think it was valium. That didn't work, so we tried the "all natural" calming medications. No Luck!
As a last resort, I bought a CD that had actual thunderstorm sounds on it. I began by playing it on low volume and for just a minute. Then I increased the volume and length of time I played it. Me being the skeptic I am, couldn't believe it! It made a world of difference!
When she hears the first clap of thunder now, she just looks and then goes to her "safe spot" and lies down. No violent shaking, vomiting, etc.
This is kind of along the lines that Scout is saying, but you can use Dramamine as well.
My dogs get car sick when we are travelling to shows. I only give it to them if the show is the next day, never the same day, as it tires them. They do well with travel and get lots of rest on the way.
i can sympathize with the dog ! when a thunder storm rolls through here, i am a basket case. i turn up the t.v to drown out the thunder. my dogs sometimes get nervous and they will pace. i try to keep them cuddled up to me to keep them calm, but if the power goes out, its every man/dog/cat, for himself ! ( and the closets mine ! )