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Hi. I'm Dr. Tamie. I'm so sorry you are in the path of the Hurricane. I hope you don't have any damage or problems. I have had some patients have some improvement with Melatonin, but haven't had complete resolution of symptoms. Has he had it before for thunderstorms?
It is so worrisome when they hide and shake. Have you tried Melatonin before for thunderstorms? I'm a little concerned it may not be enough to help him for a hurricane. It is reasonably safe and can help some. Has he seen a vet recently, so you can get something a bit stronger? Does Peanut Butter have any other medical conditions or is he on any medications?
Are you in the path where you should be evacuating? Or are you just expecting Tropical Storm type storms, which can be just as bad!
I think it will definitely help him relax some, however, he may still be scared and shaking. If melatonin is what you have on hand, it would be better than nothing. But if he were my dog, I would consider getting a prescription for something stronger for him. Can you call your veterinarian and see if they could prescribe something stronger for him? There are a couple of options. I always get several calls for anxiety medications before July 4th and New Years. It is a rather common question for veterinarians.
Another thing you can try is to put a tight shirt on him. They sell expensive adjustable shirts called Thundershirts. It helps for some dogs and not for others. If you have something you can wrap around him, it may help as well. Since I have not seen him, I cannot give you a dose. But I am looking for a product I can show you that will give you a dose. Thanks for your patience. I'll have an answer very soon.
Ok. If you look at this product. It has a tab for how to use and a tab for ingredients. You can use that to determine how much to use for Peanut Butter. http://www.1800petmeds.com/NaturVet+Quiet+Moments+Calming+Aid+Plus+Melatonin-prod10802.html .
Also if you have a way to play music for him if the power goes out. Or loud TV. I suspect that will have minimal effect for a CAT 4 Hurricane, but any little bit may help him.
Sorry I meant if the power doesn't go out.
Also give it to him before the storm, not after he gets all worked up. Good Luck with the storm and I hope you stay safe! Do you have any other questions?
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Take care of yourself and Peanut butter and stay safe!