Don’t Forget About Your Pets During Storms

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ST. LOUIS, MO. (KPLR) – Dr. Denise Dietsch knows dogs have more than just a sense of smell.

'I don't know if it`s the barometric pressure that changes of whatever but animal's can sense when a storm is coming long before we do,' says Dr. Denise Dietsch the Director of Veterinary Services for the APA of Missouri.  'The ones that are fearful, they will let you know.'

We're in the season for storms and most pets are petrified of thunder and lightning.

At the Animal Protective Association of Missouri they're all about keeping creatures safe and sound, which is why their kennels are on the interior of the building.

'I think the first thing is just finding them a nice quiet confined space,' says Dr. Dietsch.  'I think that's the best, a room in the middle of the house away from the windows and the noise.'

Dr. Dietsch even recommends sitting in a closet with your canine.

Or you can go higher tech.

'We can buy these calming pheromones that come in sprays, collars, plug ins, things like that.  Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't, each animal is different,' says Dr. Dietsch.

Another different approach is the Thundershirt which claims to calm man's best friend or your money back.

A tranquilizer is usually a last resort, and since no one can predict when Mother Nature will strike, how about some old fashioned remedy for our furry friends?

'Or if they're used to a crate, that's another good spot,' says Dr. Dietsch.  'Sometimes you can throw another blanket over.  It's just something about quiet confined space.  If this were a wild dog they'd run into their whole in the ground their den.'

Or under your bead, where most jittery pets were last night.

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