When storms roll through, many pets want to seek a safe space to ride out the rain. They become anxious by the thunder, lightning, winds, and changes in barometric pressure. You can help ease your furry friend’s stress by creating a storm shelter by following these steps.

Choose a safe space for your pet: The ideal storm shelter for your pet is a dark room with no windows, such as a closet, bathroom, or a small basement area. The space must be accessible for your pet at all times, so she can retreat to her shelter if you’re not home. Artificial lighting in her haven can help mask lightning flashes, so consider leaving on the light.

Provide fun distractions for your pet in her storm shelter: Outfit your pet’s safe space with treat-filled toys, food puzzles, or long-lasting chews. Keep frozen canned food or tuna in a Kong ready for your dog or cat to enjoy as a storm approaches. Add your pet’s favorite bed, blanket, and toys to help her feel relaxed and comfortable, using food puzzles to keep her distracted.

Calm your pet with pheromones and acoustic therapy in her safe space: Diffuse pheromones to help your cat or dog feel calm and relaxed, or spritz a pheromone spray on your pet’s bedding. To help drown out the thunder and wind, set up a white noise machine or anxiety-relieving playlist

Is your furry friend still stressed out by storms? Contact us about anti-anxiety options for your pet.