Dear Daisy Dog
My name is Shadow, and I hate thunder and fireworks. What can my mom do, short of medicating me?
My brother Sam is afraid of all loud noises, especially thunder and fireworks.
When the racket begins, he heads to the basement work room, where our mom fixed him a cozy spot in the corner under a shelf.
If your house doesn’t have a quiet place where you feel secure, your mom should close the windows and turn on the television or radio to mask the outdoor noise.
She should turn up the interior lights, so the lightning flashes won’t be as obvious to you.
Sam tried to desensitize himself to the noise by listening to a CD of thunderstorms while he was eating. Although the technique works for some dogs, it didn’t help him.
My late brother, Murphy, also thunderstorm phobic, benefitted from an anti-anxiety medication called Clomicalm, which he took during the spring and summer. It didn’t make him groggy, and it relaxed him during storms and fireworks.
Other dogs take melatonin, a mild sedative, during storms.
If the non-drug techniques I mentioned don’t work and you decide to try a medication, have your mom make an appointment with your veterinarian for a thorough checkup first.