In Southeast Asian countries, when it’s not hot outside, it’s usually stormy. Typhoons bring strong winds, heavy rains, and thunderstorms, which can be stressful for our furry friends. Dogs are sensitive creatures and can often sense the change in atmospheric pressure, and they can hear the howling winds and roaring thunders outside. This can lead to increased anxiety and distress. This blog post will cover some essential steps to on preparing your dogs for typhoons, ensuring their safety and comfort.
1. Create a Safe Space During a Typhoon
Dogs often look for a safe, enclosed space when they feel threatened or anxious. This instinctive behavior can also happen during stormy weather.
To help your pup stay cozy and warm, provide a secure, comfortable spot away from windows and doors, which may rattle and scare them. A pet carrier, a specific room, or even a crate covered with a blanket can be a safe haven for them. Make it comfy with their favorite toys and blankets to give an extra sense of security.
2. Prepare a Dog Storm Emergency Kit
It’s best to stay prepared during typhoons, and like your other family members, your dog may need extra protection during these times. Prepare a pet emergency kit with food, bottled water, a leash, a first-aid kit, any necessary medications, and copies of their medical records. A comforting item like a favorite toy or blanket can also be included.
3. Desensitize Your Dog to Typhoon Sounds
Desensitization involves gradually exposing your dog to storm sounds at a low volume and rewarding them for calm behavior. Over time, you can slowly increase the volume to get them used to these otherwise unusual sounds.
This process can help reduce your dog’s fear of thunderstorms and other loud typhoon noises. There are various CDs and online videos available with storm sounds for this purpose.
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4. Update Their Identification
Updated identification can be a lifesaver if your dog escapes or gets lost during a storm. Ensure your pet is microchipped and the registration details are updated. If your dog wears an identification tag, double-check the information is accurate and readable. It should have your contact details so that others can get in touch with you if they find your furry pal.
5. Talk to a Vet
Preparing your dogs for typhoons include talking to an expert. If your dog has severe anxiety during storms, a consultation with a veterinarian is a great way to understand and help them. These professionals can recommend various treatment options, including calming supplements, anxiety wraps, and in some cases, medication. Never medicate your dog without consulting a veterinarian first.
6. Keep Your Pup Inside
During a typhoon, it’s safest to keep your dog inside. Even a fenced yard can pose a danger due to flying debris, and loud noises and heavy winds can cause panic. Keep your pup on a leash or in a carrier if you need to take them out for any reason.
7. Provide Distractions
Playing with your doggo or providing them with a new chew toy can help distract them from the storm. This can help lower their anxiety and keep them occupied.
8. Stay Calm
Dogs pick up on our emotions, so it’s essential to stay calm and composed during a storm to help minimize their stress. If they see you panicking, their anxiety is likely to increase.
Preparing your dogs for typhoons require patience, love, and understanding. Remember, every dog is unique, and what works for one might not work for another. So, it’s essential to know your pet and respond to their needs accordingly. By following these tips, you can help your furry friend feel safer and less anxious during the next typhoon.
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