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  • Ashley Streight

Pet Precautions During Thunderstorms

Thunderstorms can be stressful for pets due to loud noises, bright flashes of lightning, and changes in atmospheric pressure. Here are some precautions to help keep your pets safe and calm during thunderstorms:

  1. Create a Safe Space: Set up a safe and comfortable area where your pet can seek refuge during the storm. This could be a cozy corner in a room with minimal windows, preferably with their favorite blanket or bed.

  2. Stay Indoors: Keep your pets indoors during thunderstorms to prevent them from running away out of fear or getting injured by lightning, falling branches, or other hazards.

  3. Provide Distractions: Distract your pets from the noise by turning on soothing background music or white noise. You can also offer them toys or treats to keep them occupied.

  4. Close Windows and Curtains: Close windows and curtains to minimize the visual and auditory stimuli from the storm. This can help reduce your pet's anxiety.

  5. Comfort Them: Reassure your pet with calm and soothing words, but avoid excessive coddling, as it may reinforce fearful behavior. Instead, try to maintain a calm and confident demeanor.

  6. Use Thunder Shirts: Consider using a thunder shirt or anxiety wrap, which applies gentle pressure to your pet's body, providing a sense of security and reducing anxiety.

  7. Consult a Veterinarian: If your pet experiences extreme anxiety during thunderstorms, consult your veterinarian. They may recommend behavior modification techniques or prescribe medication to help manage your pet's anxiety.

  8. Microchip and ID Tags: Ensure your pet has proper identification, including a microchip and ID tags with current contact information. This will increase the chances of being reunited with your pet if they become lost during a storm-related escape.

By taking these precautions, you can help minimize your pet's stress and keep them safe during thunderstorms.

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