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Tel 01980 621999
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Telephone 01980 621999

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Elston Veterinary Clinic
Elston Lane
Shrewton
Wiltshire
SP3 4HL

 

Elston Vets Reception

Monday: 8.30am - 7.00pm
Tuesday: 8.30am - 7.00pm
Wednesday: 8.30am - 7.00pm
Thursday: 8.30am - 6.30pm
Friday: 8.30am - 6.30pm
Saturday: 9.00am - 12.30pm

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Mon - Wed: 9 - 12 noon & 2 - 7 pm
Thurs - Fri:  9 - 12 noon & 2 - 6 pm
Saturday:  9.30am - 12 noon

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With the hot summer we have been having comes the next challenge... Summer Thunderstorms!
Why are dogs scared of thunder?
Animal behaviorists aren’t exactly sure what part of a storm causes dogs the most stress. Is it the noise? The flashing lights? Or something else?

Some dogs may be worriers in general and panic at any change, while others may be overly sensitive to sound. Dogs may also have special sensitivities that make storms even more terrifying. Dogs can sense the change in air pressure, and may hear low-frequency rumblings that humans can’t detect. Some veterinarians have theorised that some dogs may experience shocks from the build-up of static electricity that comes with thunderstorms.

5 ways to calm dog storm anxiety
The following tips can help your dog cope with storm anxiety:

Give your dog a safe space. Provide a safe indoor area, like a crate. A plastic crate is preferable – but if you have a wire crate, you can cover it with a sheet to create the feeling of a haven. Leave the door open so your dog doesn’t feel trapped. If your dog is not used to a crate, provide a comfortable, small space like a corner or small bathroom. Be sure to fill it with familiar items such as your dog’s bed, favorite toys and water bowl.

If there are windows in the room, close the blinds or curtains or cover the windows so the dog can’t see outside.

Distract your dog. If your dog is afraid of thunder, play calming music to drown out the thunder claps. If your dog feels like playing, do so. You can also keep your dog distracted with treats and favorite toys.

Prepare for the next storm. Is your dog scared of thunder? Maybe you should try desensitization. Download thunderstorm sounds and practice by playing them quietly to your dog, and give the dog treats or play a fun game with him while the sound is on. Gradually, over weeks, increase the volume. Stop the play or treats when the sounds are turned off. The goal is to help your dog relate the sound of thunderstorms with happy times.

Check out products that may help your dog weather the storm. The right product can help calm dog storm anxiety. Tight jackets such as the Thundershirt provide a sensation of pressure, which can alleviate pets’ anxiety. (Swaddling a baby operates on the same principle.) You can also make a DIY version by buying a small T-shirt and putting the dog’s front legs through the armholes of the shirt. The shirt should fit snugly around your dog’s torso.

Ask us here at Elston Vets as we know your pet and will be able to pinpoint exactly which stimulus is troubling your pet. We have Adaptil collars and spray as well as natural herbal support and in some cases, we can recommend a low dose of an anti-anxiety medication.

Most importantly, practice positive reinforcement with your dog. Do not scold or punish him for displays of dog storm anxiety, but remember that his behavior is not about disobedience, but about high levels of fear. Do anything you can to help your dog feel better—teaching him new, pleasant associations is the best way to help anxious behavior. #thunderstorm #wiltshire #elstonvets
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Elston Vets treat pets in the following local towns: Shrewton, Larkhill, Tilshead, Amesbury, Durrington, Bulford Camp, Codford and Netheravon

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