Behavioral Medicine

Behavioral MedicineWe can help your pet cope with thunderstorms and general anxiety!

There have been quite a few discussions between veterinarians and pet owners about the best way to help their best pets cope during thunderstorms. The aids that are available for today’s pets are quite a bit different than those of even the past few years. To help you figure out which method might be best for your pet, we have compiled a list below and have created a “Storm Calming Center” kiosk in our front lobby. The key to success when it comes to coping is being pro-active. We can help you figure out which of these options you would like to go with so you can be ready before the storms come. Anxieties build up quickly in small animals. It is often more difficult to get a pet to relax once they have already been frightened by the storm.

DAILY MEDICATIONS are now available for use during the entire storm season. It is difficult to know when a storm will appear, much less get home swiftly to medicate your pet. Daily medications are helpful in this situation. You may also want to consider this approach for your pet if he/she struggles with general anxiety.

FAST ACTING MEDICATIONS are for the pet that only shows anxiety once an individual storm is apparent. These medications are usually effective within 30 minutes. This type of treatment can also be used in addition to the daily meds if the pet needs a little more support.

If you feel your pet needs regular medication or anti-anxiety drugs for just the moments of panic, please call us and a staff member will help advise you as to what your pet’s individual needs may be. Some dispensing of anxiolytic drugs will require a visit to the veterinarian and they will be able to fully inform you as to how the medication works and what type of behavior to expect. The bottom line is: there is help for your pet so they will be able to cope better in stormy weather. Scheduling an evaluation with a professional skilled in diagnosing and managing behavioral issues in pets is the first step on the road to resolving the problem.

ANXIETY TFLN is a Natural Homeopathic Remedy that is often recommended for pets with mild symptoms. It provides relief from fear of thunderstorms, fireworks, wind, gunshots and other loud noises. Restless, anxious and unwanted behavior can be helped with this fast-acting, non-sedating liquid. If your pet displays sypmtoms of distress like barking, whining, howling, crying, pacing, panting, restlessness, hiding, cowering, trembling, bolting, drooling, vomiting, or other destructive behavior during storms, changes in barometric pressure, fireworks, explosions, traffic noise, airplanes or other loud noices, HomeoPet Anxiety TFLN Natural Homeopathic Remedy for Pets may help sooth your dog and calm his anxiety.

DAP PRODUCTS have multiple benefits, but are great for the storm season. The DAP synthetic pheromones mimic the effect of a dog’s nursing mother to help the pet relax. These products help prevent dogs from doing unwanted behavior such as excessive barking due to being stressed or anxious. There is a very high success rate with these products. DAP comes in three-forms: a diffuser, a collar or a spray. We have all three varieties for sale. Many of our clients use these during resort stays. The collar is a good option for resort stays. It helps create a more relaxing atmosphere for your pet.

Storm Defender Cape

STORM DEFENDER CAPES — We now know that some dogs are capable of building up static electricity in their hair when a storm is coming. Can you imagine being shocked over and over again? There is now a Storm Defender Cape that has a metallic lining to discharge or “ground” the static charge. For dogs that suffer from this, the cape works wonders for relaxing them. A typical behavioral characteristic of a pet that has static electricity is hiding in the bathroom where fixtures such as the bathtubs and toilets can ground them.

Thundershirt

THUNDERSHIRTS are a popular option that bears a resemblance to a “onesie” for infants. The gentle, constant pressure has a dramatic calming effect for most dogs and cats if they are anxious, fearful or overexcited. We use them all the time here at the hospital and they are extremely helpful.

In-House Thundershirt