SOME TREATMENT OPTIONS
Xanax® (alprazolam) - this is a true anti-anxiety medication and is generally safe to give to most dogs including greyhounds. It can be given at a low dose over a long period of time, or at a higher dose for a brief period. It is only available through your veterinarian. It is the most effective drug I've seen for storms. Unfortunately, even that doesn't help all dogs.
Clomicalm® (clomipramine) - another prescription medication that can be used long term for the entire season. This is also prescribed for separation anxiety and some obsessive compulsive disorders.
Benadryl® (diphenhydramine) - this is an over-the-counter antihistamine that causes drowsiness. It's not an anti-anxiety drug, but with milder problems it may allow your dog to sleep through the storm. It can be dosed at 1-2 mg per pound. Adjust the dose down if it makes your dog too sleepy.
Acepromazine - this is the old time veterinary remedy. It's a tranquilizer and causes immobilization or mild sedation. There is no anti-anxiety component to the drug - it simply keeps the dogs quiet. Mentally, they probably still are aware of the storm. It's helpful with some, and has been used also with separation anxiety.
Melatonin - this is another natural medication that may be a bit more effective in some dogs that Rescue Remedy. It can be dosed at 1.5 mg per dose for dogs under 30 pounds, and 3 mg per dose for dogs over 30 pounds. Repeat, if needed, 2-3 times a day. I would not recommend continuous dosing for weeks at a time, but during a stormy day or two, you can do it for the duration. Again, it may not be enough for the severe thunder-phobe. It can be purchased in the vitamin/herbal section of drug stores and grocery stores.
Anxiety wrap - This coat provides light and comforting pressure. Here is a link to one of many on-line resources offering the coat: Anxiety Wrap Coat
Safe havens - some dogs
just need a safe place to hide. If they are there, they feel safe. It may be a
closet, under the bed, in a tub, in a crate, wherever. It may make you
uncomfortable to see your dog hiding like that, but if it gives him a sense of
security to be there, you should let him stay.
Your own behavior - this is hard. We hate to see our much loved pets so terrified. It's instinctive to cuddle them, pet them, reassure them with sweet talk. Don't do that! There is very strong belief that you are actually reinforcing the behavior when you do that. You should be calm, reassuring only in your demeanor, go about your normal routine. If you "reward" your dog with extra attention, you may actually be training him to keep doing it. I know it's a very hard idea to accept, but try it!
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