The aftermath of Hurricane Irene has left the North Country feeling the impact of high winds and rain in more ways than damage from fallen trees and flooding. Psychologically, the experience of sitting through the storm is at best unplesant for most of us. It is also difficulty for our furry friends who cannot give easy voice to their fears. Reader's Digest.com has some suggestions on how to help your pets weather a serious storm.
Obviously, the first thing to do when a storm is pending is to bring your pet inside to safety. Never allow your dog or cat to be left outside in a major storm. Make sure your provide plenty of reassurance and cuddling while the wind is howling outside. Distraction tactics work as well with the family dog or cat as your children - if your pet is playing a game and having fun, they are less likely to feel fearful of the storm occuring outside. Turning on the radio or television to a level loud enough to drown out some of the sounds of wind or rain is also helpful. Don't punish your pet if he becomes frightened, but do take necessary precautions to keep him from harm. This may include confining him to a crate or limited space. And finally, if despite your best efforts, your pet still has difficulty, contact your veterinarian regarding possible medication.
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