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Calming Your Dog During A Thunderstorm
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I am going to approach dogs fear pf thunderstorms and loud noises in 5 different articles. This is article one.

Does your dog get nervous, anxious or really afraid during thunderstorms or when he hears loud noises? These are very real fears for your dog. Fears are classified as phobias and over time if phobias are not treated they can become worse the more the dog is exposed to the cause of his fear, Dogs that possess mild fears may become anxious, shake and tremble or go hide under a bed, or may go to a darkened room trying to escape the thunder and lightning, They may then be afraid to go outside for several hours after the storm has passed. Your dog may feel safe going into his open crate or an area of the house where he feels safe. I he goes to a certain spot where he feels calmer then reward him. Dog may become fearful of other loud noises such as fireworks, gunshots or loud banging noises.

The first thing we will discuss is the use of melatonin, a very effective treatment proven to help with noise phobia. Melatonin is a treatment that is used s to treat insomnia in people . There were a couple of doctors at a veterinary clinic in New England who were looking for ways to calm dogs fears during thunderstorms and they came across some research for using melatonin to help calm these fears. The research showed that melatonin helped with dogs who would constantly lick their thighs and also chickens who were in crowded conditions.

Their first try to test the theory was on a collie dog who had a fear of thunderstorms after lightning struck very near the house.The results were fantastic, after given the melatonin, the dog just stopped being afraid and stopped running all around the place and scratching at the carpet. They tried the treatment on several other dogs with similar results for dogs that had noise phobias.

Melatonin can be purchased at health stores, drug stores and many grocery stores. Make sure you purchase a good quality by reading the labels, because some may be mixed with herbs or other items which may not be good for your dog. The dosage is important so make sure it is correct amount for your dog, The pills come in as small a dose as 200 mcg, There are 1000 micrograms (mcg) in a milligram (mg) The doctors prescribe 3 mg. for most dogs. Dogs weighing over a hundred lbs could need as much as 6 mg and dogs that weigh less than 30 lbs the amount is 1.5 mg. Little small dogs decrease the amount further.Therefore the 200 mcg capsule would be one fifteenth of the amount recommended for a large dog.

Check with your vet before dosing with melatonin if your dog has an autoimmune disease or severe liver or kidney disease.


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Thanks, Yes mine too. - Check out my other article on harp music - this could help also

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  about 6 years ago

Great article, seems that i have always had dogs that were scared of the thunderstorms. Thank you

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  about 6 years ago
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