The first time I tried this was in the middle of the night when Satch's severe shaking woke me up from a sound sleep. He was finally able to calm down and go back to sleep, but it took a while for the effect to occur. Today, however, the storms arrived before I realized it and he was in full-blown panic. I gave him a dose but so far no effect. I will have to wait and see if I will need to do something else. The last time he went into a panic, he jumped into the bathtub and howled. I want no repeat of that, please.
So, here's the article I'm talking about:
|Melatonin: Used To Treat Fear Of Thunderstorms|
| December 15, 2008 |
| Dogs are often scared of loud noises, not all dogs, but many. |
And of those who do have a noise sensitivity, thunderstorms
and other similar, unexpected sounds, are often the culprits of
their fears. Fear of thunder or other loud noises is very common.
This is often true for puppies and older dogs.
Dealing with the possibility of having a panic stricken, nervous
dog, many owners resort to tranquilizers whenever alerted to an
impending thunderstorm. This is an extreme treatment that is
often recommended, but seldom needed. I would like to now
introduce you to a new alternative should you ever need it for
your own scared dog the next time a storm comes through your
area. It is a safe, drug-free, over-the-counter supplement that is
easily available to to any dogs with these anxiety problems. It is
You have probably heard of melatonin before. It is a naturally
occurring hormone that is secreted by a small endocrine gland
called the pineal gland, located at the base of the brain. It helps
to regulate and maintain the body’s circadian rhythm (the body’s
internal clock that tells mammals when to fall asleep and when to
wake up). Melatonin, in humans, is often used as a natural
sleeping aid. For dogs, melatonin is often administered to
alleviate their fear of thunder and other loud noises.
I have read studies that melatonin has a positive result with at least
75% of dogs who take the supplement. When do you administer
melatonin, you may be wondering? With some dogs, melatonin is
most effective when it is given just before the storm hits. In other
dogs, it is best when this supplement is given just as they are
starting to show signs of stress, anxiety and fear so you may have
to experiment over the course of a few storms before you find the
perfect application time for your own dog.
Melatonin is said to work in the dogs body for about eight hours or
so. One important note: do not use melatonin on any pregnant dogs
or very young puppies. The best advice I can give you is to check
with your veterinarian prior to using melatonin to make sure there
will be no problems with pre-existing health problems or medications
that your dog currently has (or is on) and also for the recommended
dosage for your own pet.
By: Debbie Ray
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