How to provide calm for pets during stormy weather

It often starts even before a storm rolls in: Your dog starts panting, pacing, barking or even shaking. That’s because pets are extremely sensitive and can sense a change in the barometric pressure. It only worsens as the lightning flashes and the thunder rolls, the low frequency vibrations causing them discomfort.

“Everything changes, and they’re not really sure why,” explained Pam Wiese of the Nebraska Humane Society. “They don’t understand, and it’s scary.”

While we can’t change the weather, there are things we can do to help our pets during storms, which Wiese explains in the above video.

  • Let them do what they want to do to cope, within reason
  • Get cozy
  • Provide background noise
  • Try calming pheromones or herbs
  • Put on the Thundershirt

Sometimes, no matter what we try, our pets won’t calm down. Their agitation may get to the point where they hurt themselves.

“If nothing else will console your pet, your veterinarian can prescribe tranquilizers,” Wiese said.

Jodi Baker

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Jodi Baker writes stories and shoots videos for The Wire. Jodi was a television news reporter before she came to work for OPPD as a media specialist in 2013. She's married with two children (a boy and a girl), who keep her and her husband, Dave, hopping. Busy and blessed.

7 thoughts on “How to provide calm for pets during stormy weather

  1. Many times I will come home to find my coonhound has locked himself in the bathroom. That’s how I can tell if we had a thunderstorm that day. Just a bit of storm anxiety there.

  2. The BEST way to calm your pet during one of our storms or even fireworks is by using the Thundershirt. Charlie the Chihuahua has been using one for 8 years. Works every time.

  3. in addition to above, lavender scents seem to calm my dog. she becomes so agitated with thunder and fireworks she injured herself trying to get under my bed. thunder shirt did not work so I made her a tent and raised the bed enough for her to safely hide under it now. for some reason my tiny dog isn’t bothered by the noises. I use the medication as a last resort and also give her massages. every dog seems to have different ways to cope, hope this helps someone else.

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