My two dogs are terrified of thunder and lighting. Any abrupt, loud noises send them cowering to the back corners of the basement or directly into our laps, scared and shaking. I remember growing up, however, that both of my childhood dogs slept right through storms, no matter the intensity. So why does thunder and lightning scare some dogs and not others? And is there anything that can help?
Lightning is formed when ice and water particles inside a cloud are compressed by warm air currents. Friction from the quickly moving currents causes electrical charges to form within the cloud. Negative charges build up at the bottom of the cloud and positive ones go to the top. When there’s a large buildup of negative charge, a feeler is sent towards the ground where it meets up with a positive streamer reaching up from the ground and causes a lightning strike. The negative charge descends rapidly, heating the air surrounding it to around 54,000 degrees Fahrenheit and creating a shock wave – thunder.
Changes in barometric pressure can also bother some dogs, especially arthritic pets than can experience joint discomfort as a result of storms.
For some dogs, sudden flashes of lightning, thunder, and strange smells from the storm can all cause them to become anxious. While the visual effects can be startling for pets, storms create charged particles in the atmosphere. Dogs may jump in the tub or hide behind radiators or basement pipes because those areas are grounded and reduce static electricity in their coats.
Some dogs find comfort in a safe area where they can’t see the lightning or hear the thunder. A basement is a good place to create a space in a windowless room, or set up a covered crate that’s den like. Provide food, water, favorite toys or blanket and some of your dog’s favorite treats.
Storm jackets may be beneficial for some dogs, especially ones that have an anti-static lining. Studies have shown these jackets do have a positive effect. In cases, medication or supplements may be needed. The most common veterinary medication prescribed is Alprazolam (generic Xanax). Those wanting a supplement that is proven to reduce pet anxiety without turning to a benzodiazepine anti-anxiety medication look to CBD.
CBD is one of many compounds, known as cannabinoids, that are found in the cannabis plant. When CBD enters a mammal’s endocannabinoid system, specific receptors found throughout the body are activated.
CBD is helpful in aiding situational anxiety with pets because of its soothing and calming properties. Behavioral anxiety with pets, associated with thunder and lightning may be significantly aided by CBD administration as well as the previous tactics mentioned.
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