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How to help a panicking pet when storms strike

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The summer storm season sends lots of cautious canines barking at thunder.

You may wonder why they get so worked up, and part of the answer is that they sense the storm coming before you do.

"The ions that are in the air, the pets can sense it hours before a storm comes and the barometric pressure changes," said veterinarian Melissa Webster.

The result? They may feel slightly electrified.

It sends some seeking escape in some strange places around the house -- but that's what vets recommend for nervous pets -- a crate or even a cozy hiding spot will comfort them when they feel the effects of changing weather.

"What I advise people to do first is try to get a hiding place for your pet," Webster said.

Another way to help your dog be less freaked out is to invest in a "thundershirt." It wraps around the animal, countering the changing atmosphere.

"It helps them so it takes that ionic charge off their hair and kind of helps them not feel electrified," Webster said.

Pet owners can also invest in something called Composure. It's a nutrient based treatment made with tryptophan to sooth and calm mild stress from the weather.

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