Prescriptions for Pet-Anxiety

by Danielle Cotterman on June 1, 2011 at 6:58 am

It seems more pet-owners are turning towards medication to find relief for their pets during thunderstorms.

Veterinarian, Jodi Houser said, it’s not uncommon for your pet, especially dogs, to be nervous during storms. And with an increase in rain fall this season, a lot of people are looking at their options.

"It’s definitely been the worse as far as storms go," said Houser. "We’ve had a lot of phone calls from people who want to know what to do for their pets."

Houser suggests, giving your dog a special treat during storms. This will associate the storm with a good feeling, rather than a bad one. She, also, suggests using a sound machine. By gradually increasing the volume over time, your pet will become accustom to the sounds of a storm. But, in extreme cases of pet- anxiety, such as in her own dog, Eddie, medication may be the best option…

"Mr. Ed here is a big, big, dog you would think it’s just the little ones but he’s scared of everything," said Houser. "So when he comes and trys to get in my lap or sleep on my head during a storm, I think it’s important to be able to help him."

Houser said, dogs can receive anti-anxiety prescriptions, similar to Xanax. A sign your pet may be a candidate for a prescription is if they hyperventilate. However, Houser warns this should only be used as a last resort. You should bring your pet in for a physical before giving them any medication.