ATLANTA -- We've all been through loud, frequent rumbles of thunder. For many pet owners, you know that these noises can spark a fit of panic in your cat or dog, and trying to calm them down once the thunder has already started can be nearly impossible, but why?
"I think the same things you think about when you think about a child," explained Dr. Scott Miller, a veterinarian from Powers Ferry Animal Hospital. "Loud noises is one thing. It's a combination of pressure and noise. Pressure changes. And the pressure changes that come along with incoming highs and lows."
So what are some of the options pet owners have to fix the problem?
First is something called a "calming collar." It's basically a collar that has pheremones in it that makes the dog feel as though other dogs are around, and that makes them feel as though they are not alone. Those collars last for up to 4 weeks.