Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: North Carolina
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After all the dogs we have had over the years, only our lab, Barrett, freaks out from thunder. We think it started when he got spooked from our July 4th fireworks display held every year close by. We had him outside, and he went nuts and jumped the yard fence onto our deck. Ever since, we always put him the basement, but now the slightest storm comes up and he starts whining, trembling, and pacing like crazy. He can sense it long before it starts (we call him our weather man) and especially when he hears the lightning siren on our nearby golf course go off.
It got so bad a couple of years ago that I finally called the vet. It was no fun watching him so upset, not to mention having a dog that big wreaking havoc in the house racing around like a crazy loon. The vet suggested acepromazine, and he was supposed to have it 30 minutes before the storm on an empty stomach. Well . . . try to plan that with Mother Nature! LOL It did work a couple of times, 1/2 pill didn't do much, and a whole one knocked him out.
I doubt I would ever give that drug to a small dog. I might try Benadryl or one of the herbal calming remedies, but I think the acepromazine is too strong. It is also can drop their blood pressure, so I would ask a vet about all the side effects before asking for it.
Kathy and Jackson