Your dog may be sensitive to thunderstorms

By Karen Church

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Humans are not the only ones who can be frightened by thunderstorms. Dogs can be literally scared to death by them. Almost any breed is susceptible to the fright caused by lightning and thunder.

Dr. Andy Sokol with Caldwell Mill Animal Clinic says herding dogs may be particularly sensitive. They are bred to herd cows and sheep in to a safe area when storms approach, so they are more acutely aware of sounds that signal danger.

Dr. Sokol suggests people practice behavior modification with a frightened animal.  Make one room in your house a 'safe' room, where the dog feels comfortable.  He says to give the animal treats. As a last resort, consider medications, including Benadryl.

Always consult with your vet first.

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