We’ve tried everything for Rita’s fear of thunder. I feel so bad for her. For anyone not familiar, here’s what we’ve tried:
- Snuggling and holding her close – She is not a snuggler and I think that just adds to her anxiety.
- Thundershirt – This helps sometimes. It works great if it’s short thunderstorms and if we put it on her before she hears the first thunder. For the thunderstorms that go on and on . . anything more than half an hour or so, her anxiety begins to build even with the Thundershirt.
- Rx meds – We have to give these to her at least an hour before the thunder. Honestly, I could go broke doing that. I wish I had a dime for every time we have a thunderstorm predicted and it never happens, or when it looks like it’s headed right towards us and then splits and goes around us. The meds make her drowsy and confused. I’m afraid she’s going to try to jump on the sofa or up on the back of the sofa and hurt herself. In the long run, her thunder anxiety keeps us up half the night but no one has any long lasting affects so I’m not going to risk Rita getting hurt because she’s medicated.
The last time we had a storm, a blog reader suggested Bach Rescue Remedy for Pets. I ordered it back in September but we didn’t have thunder until last night.
The rain woke me up at 3:00 this morning and I wish I had gotten up and given this to Rita then. All you do is dispense a few drops on their food or a treat. The main inactive ingredient is glycerin and it looks like a drop of thick vegetable oil .. it looks like glycerin!
At 3:30 the thunder started so I gave her a treat with 2 drops of the oil on it. It took probably half an hour for her to calm down and by then, the thunder was over but she went back to sleep in her little bed. I went back to bed. About 5:30 I heard more thunder but Rita didn’t come scratching on the bedroom door. Between 8 and 9 this morning, there was more thunder. She was still sleeping on her little bed. A couple of times, she raised her head, looked at me like she was making sure I wasn’t concerned, and went back to sleep.
I’ll feel more confident when we have one of those rip roaring thunderstorms that scares me . . then if she remains calm, I’m going to be thrilled. With the amount of thunder we had this morning, I’m pretty confident that this has helped her quite a bit.
It was thundering when I was writing this blog post and if I had to guess, I’d say she isn’t too stressed! 🙂