How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr. Marcia Your Own Question

Dr. Marcia
Dr. Marcia, Dog Veterinarian
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 577
Experience:  I am a Companion Animal Veterinarian with 15 years of medical and surgical experience
Type Your Dog Question Here...
Dr. Marcia is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My dog is terrified of thunder, gun shots, and fireworks.

Resolved Question:

My dog is terrified of thunder, gun shots, and fireworks. When we have a thunder storm in the middle of the night he tries to crawl into bed with my kids. He doesn't tear anything up but he pants loudly and drools when he is afraid. Buddy is a 7 year old 110lb black lab mix. I can put him in the basement to solve the problem but he is still afraid and his fear seems to be getting worse as he gets older. My family is tired of being woke up in the middle of the night. Is there a good solution to this other than finding him a new home? I have given him Bendyl and it helps some but the biggest problem is when we have a surprise storm or it wears off in the early morning hours.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Marcia replied 5 years ago.

Hello, Buddy's mom! Thank you for your question today.

 

This is such a common phobia--fear of loud noises like storms and fireworks. It can be quite a problem for some dogs, as you have experienced.

 

I am encouraged to hear that the benadryl works (but just wears off too soon). This is a good sign as it tells me he might respond well to some other types of medications too. I commonly prescribe sedatives for dogs with noise phobia. Some of the medications we use are valium or acepromazine, a tranquilizer. Both of these medications would sedate him more heavily than the benadryl, and would last longer.

 

There are some natural products that some dogs respond well to as well, such as a product called Rescue Remedy. I would recommend that you call your vet and discuss some of these options and if these types of medications are safe for your dog if he has any past health concerns. Your vet may be willing to prescribe you something to try. I am confident one of these medications will help and you will get better results. There is no reason he should have to find a new home, as I think this can be easily solved!

Here is a nice article on storm phobia. If you click on the "behavior" tab at the top of the article and look up noise phobia, you will find many articles with helpful tips as well.

 

http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=1654

 

Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX hope things go better with your dog!

Dr. Marcia, Dog Veterinarian
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 577
Experience: I am a Companion Animal Veterinarian with 15 years of medical and surgical experience
Dr. Marcia and 4 other Dog Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • You are a light at the end of scary tunnel when $ are tight, but people need professional help to turn to for help with their dear pets! Linh Charleston, WV
< Last | Next >
  • You are a light at the end of scary tunnel when $ are tight, but people need professional help to turn to for help with their dear pets! Linh Charleston, WV
  • $1,000 spent at his vet, and I finally get the correct diagnosis from Nancy Holmes for $15 Carol Cedar Hill, MO
  • I think this is the greatest web site in the world. Thanks to all! Judy New Haven, CT
  • I have referred several friends to your web site. I'm impressed with how easy it is to use your site, the Experts available and the quickness of answers. Nina USA
  • I am completely pleased with the quick response that I received in our time of need for our dog, Jasmine. I couldn't believe how quick the response was and I thank you. It's good to know you're there!! Jasmine's Mom USA
  • Please let everyone involved with your site know that your Expert, Dr. Lucy, has saved my dog's life. I will recommend your site to all my pet loving friends. Thank you again for simply being there! Sonya G Easley, SC
  • Last night my Expert spent close to 3 hours working with me on my dog's illness. Thank you so much for this opportunity to share in her care and knowledge! Cathie M Pompano Beach, FL
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Gary

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    2534
    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RY/rydergar/2012-6-6_192240_IMG0328.64x64.JPG Dr. Gary's Avatar

    Dr. Gary

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    2534
    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JA/Jav917/2012-2-20_54059_201221802254JoananddavidArchuleta3.64x64.jpg Joan's Avatar

    Joan

    Vet Tech

    Satisfied Customers:

    4544
    Vet Tech for over 30+ years working w/Dogs/Rescues
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JA/jadedangel57/2011-11-8_193134_janenewsm.64x64.jpg Jane Lefler's Avatar

    Jane Lefler

    Breeder,Behaviorist, formerVet Asst

    Satisfied Customers:

    13847
    Former vol Vet Assistant.Breeder 16+ years Dog trainer / behaviorist
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/ER/ERPetNurse/2011-11-7_1293_b.64x64.jpg Candy's Avatar

    Candy

    Veterinary Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    7108
    Practicing Veterinary Technician for 26 years.Former Veterinary Practice Owner, Technician Trainer
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/BA/babybloo/2011-3-10_62613_DavidandI.64x64.jpg Theresa's Avatar

    Theresa

    A Voice for Your Pet

    Satisfied Customers:

    4704
    19+ years experience in small animal medicine
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/vetforyou/2012-6-20_33122_PearlPhoto.64x64.jpg Dr. Andy's Avatar

    Dr. Andy

    Medical Director

    Satisfied Customers:

    4430
    UC Davis Graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/VetAnswers/2013-4-5_8257_prof10.64x64.jpg Scott Nimmo's Avatar

    Scott Nimmo

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    3977
    BVMS, MRCVS.