Storm phobias: Offer advice, treatment options to veterinary clients with storm-scared pets (Sponsored by Ceva Animal Health)


A calm environment, distractions, and possibly medication or pheromones can help manage anxiety.

As a veterinary professional, you know that loud storms or other noises can be problematic for some pets. But do your clients know what not to do during these situations?

And according to the co-authors of Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult Clinical Companion: Canine and Feline Behavior, Dr. Debra Horwitz and Dr. Jacqui Neilson, pet owners should avoid punishment during a noise occurrence, try to remain calm, and realize encouragement or fostering may not be helpful in all situations or for all pets.

Instead, pet owners should:

  • Try not to leave the pet alone during strong storms or instances of other loud noises, such as fireworks

  • Create a special, safe place that is fun for the animal

  • Play music or use white noise to muffle loud noises

  • Play games or practice tricks to distract the animal

  • Use a head collar and leash for additional control and a sense of calm.

Free booth at a pet fair near you

The American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and Ceva Animal Health have partnered together for the Keep the L.O.V.E. Alive Behavior Express 2012 Tour. The six-city event in Chicago, Ill., New York City, Kansas City, Mo., Dallas, Atlanta, Ga., and Los Angeles, aims to reinforce the role of veterinarians in addressing pet behavior issues. Free educational booths are available to local veterinarians who register. For more information, go to

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