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Is your pet afraid of thunderstorms? Does your pet begin to pace, drool, cling tight to you or hide in the closet before or during a storm?
If the answer is yes, then you are not alone. It is unknown what the exact triggers are for these panic attacks but many suspect thunder, lightning, wind, barometric pressure changes, and static electricity.
Can your pet grow out of this condition, and is there anything that can be done? Most of the time pets do not grow out of this condition on their own and may pets will get worse at they get older.
Fortunately, there is help. Depending on your pet, treatment for this condition can take several forms. There are holistic products such as tight-fitting garments like the “Thundershirt”, oral treatments such as Rescue Remedy, or Pheromone collars and plug in diffusers that disperse a calming hormone. Prescription anti-anxiety medications such as Trazadone, Xanax and Valium can be helpful. Behavior modification is the best way to fix the problem, but requires hiring a behaviorist, which can be expensive, and they often incorporate prescription medication with training techniques. We have our best techniques described above. You should consult with your veterinarian to come up with a plan that best fits your pet’s needs.
For more information or to make an appointment for your pet, please call us at Sunshine Animal Hospital at 813-885-7071.

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