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Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian
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My poodle is very fearful when he hears loud noises. Especially

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My poodle is very fearful when he hears loud noises. Especially Thunder. I have tried the thunder shirt, Melatonin, behavior modification. Which only helped during infrequent loud noises. He shakes and shivers so much it is sad to see him suffer. What can help him?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.
Hello, I am sorry to hear about Harry. I am a veterinarian and will do my best to help. It is hard to desensitize a dog with thunderstorm phobia. Some experts believe it is the static electricity in the air that frightens them, not just the loud noise. I see you tried melatonin, which is good as sleep aid, but not really a sedative. You might consider anti anxiety medication ( prescription medication like Alprazolam), herbal anti anxiety products like Zylkene or Stress Away (non prescription).
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.
The DAP (dog appeasing pheromone) diffuser may be helpful.
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.
Some find the Storm Defender cape better than the thundershirt:
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.
I have read of people spraying Static Guard on the dog before storms, or using dryer sheet to reduce static electricity helping some dogs.
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.
You don't want the dog to ingest the Static Guard, however. Let me know what else I can answer or help with.

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