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Thunderstorms and Your Dog

Your dog is terrified of thunderstorms. You’ve seen this before — the thunder starts, and your pooch starts to tremble. Depending on the severity of the phobia your dog might only start to tremble, but there are other behaviours you might notice, such as — panting, pacing, hiding, or clinging to you like glue. Seeing your dog like this can be heartbreaking. But what can you do to help? First of all, it’s important to realize that the fear they are feeling is real and secondly that the fear usually doesn’t go away by itself, if at all.

It is important to talk with your veterinarian about your dog’s thunderstorm phobia to make sure we can help alleviate your dog’s stress and fears in the best way suited for your dog. Pet MD states that ‘Thunderstorm phobia is a disorder in which there is persistent and exaggerated fear of storms or the stimuli associated with storms. To treat this condition, your veterinarian should have some grasp of pathophysiology, as this phobia involves physiologic, emotional, and behavioural components.’

Many dog owners wonder what they can do at home to help alleviate fear. It’s suspected that thunderstorm phobia is caused by a combination of wind, thunder, static electricity, lightning, and barometric pressure. Although we cannot understand which of these conditions may be causing the phobia or fear, there are certain things we can do as owners to help our dogs through this rough time. Things like rewarding calm behaviour, providing your dog with a safe place to be, allowing your dog to wear a thunder shirt during the storm, desensitization to the sounds of the storm, or using dog appeasing pheromones like DAP, may all help decrease or eliminate the fears they feel towards thunderstorms.

For more information on thunderstorm phobia, please talk with your veterinarian!

Written by: Melissa Young, RVT/Practice Manager

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Last updated: May 11, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 11, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

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We are OPEN with the following hours:

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Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at St. Vital Veterinary Hospital