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Thunderstorm And Noise                                            the house can help get your pet used to these sounds. Start       Happy Father’s Day
Phobias In Dogs
                                                                  with the volume very low and slowly increase the volume           By Glenn Sudnick,
By Palm City Animal Medical Center                                                                                                  Sommelier,
                                                                  over the course of several days. Give pats, attention and treats;
	 As summer inches closer so do thunderstorms and                                                                                   (772) 332-4416
fireworks, which can be a significant source of anxiety for       during this time so that your dog learns not to associate these   	 Did you know that
many pets. Sometimes it is the loud sounds, but some dogs can                                                                       Lyndon B. Johnson issued
begin to show signs of nervousness as soon as the sky darkens     sounds with anything negative. If this is not feasible, you can   the first presidential
or the wind picks up. Signs of anxiety can range widely from                                                                        proclamation honoring
pacing, panting, trembling all the way to destruction of the      try counterconditioning your dog to loud sounds. Whenever         the third Sunday in June
house, inappropriate elimination or self-harm from scratching.                                                                      as Father’s Day in 1966?
Recognizing the signs of anxiety and using a multimodal           a storm is coming or loud noises occur, immediately praise        Later, President Richard
approach is the most effective way of minimizing these                                                                              Nixon signed this into law
feelings and subsequent behaviors in your dog.                    the dog and give him a treat (as long as they are not showing     in 1972. For me, every year spending this day with my
	 Oftentimes, dogs that have storm phobias are also very                                                                            dad has been very special.
reactive to loud noises in general or have concurrent separation  any signs of destructive behavior yet). Play their favorite       	 Golf, golf, golf is the rallying cry for the day. I always
anxiety. One study found that 90 percent of dogs with storm                                                                         picked out a Father’s Day card that had a funny golfing
phobias also have noise phobias (i.e. fireworks) and 90           game, give them their favorite toy, etc., during these times      theme like Bob Hope’s classic line, “If you watch a game,
percent of dogs with separation anxiety have another behavior                                                                       it’s fun, if you play at it, it’s recreation, if you work at it,
disorder, most often storm phobia. Long story short, many         so they begin to associate loud/storm sounds with positive        it’s golf.” Or what about Gary Player’s famous saying,
dogs with “phobias” are prone to anxiety of many forms and                                                                          “Golf is a puzzle
treating or counterconditioning one of these phobias may help     experiences.                                                      without an answer.
to address other fears your pet may have.                         	 If these behavior modifications simply do not work, there       I’ve played the
	 One way to help with storm anxiety is to desensitize your       are other medical interventions. The Thundershirt was created     game for 50 years
pet. Playing videos or soundtracks of storms or fireworks in                                                                        and I still haven’t
                                                                  based on research from a renowned animal behaviorist. It is       the slightest idea of
                                                                  imperative that the Thundershirt fit very snugly, but recent      how to play.” After
                                                                  research shows that it can be very effective for not only storm   the presentation
                                                                                                                                    of the card, the
                                                                  phobias, but generalized anxiety. Some natural products have      ultimate Father’s
                                                                  been shown to have some efficacy, such as Rescue Remedy           Day gift: three golf
                                                                  or dog pheromone based products like Adaptil. The response        balls, all new ones!
                                                                                                                                    	 Then Mom’s
                                                                  to these products vary from dog to dog. When behavior is          breakfast: two eggs
                                                                                                                                    any way she wants
                                                                  nonresponsive to more conservative options, medication is         to make them, a slab
                                                                                                                                    of bacon, well-done
                                                                  often effective. There are many different types of medications    rye toast and Dad’s
                                                                                                                                    favorite, Mom’s
                                                                  from mild sedatives to true antianxiety drugs. Talk to your       home fries. Mom
                                                                                                                                    could never quite
                                                                  veterinarian to come up with a plan and determine which           cut the potatoes
                                                                                                                                    evenly, so when
                                                                  type of medication will work best for your pet. If you are still  she served them
                                                                                                                                    the textures of each
                                                                  struggling with your pet’s anxiety despite implementing these     slice was a little
                                                                  changes, a more tailored behavior modification plan specific      different, from well-
                                                                  to your pet may be necessary. Contact your veterinarian to        done to well, shall I
                                                                                                                                    say not quite done.
                                                                  discuss what the best approaches will be to helping you and       It always amazed
                                                                                                                                    me how she could
                                                                  your pets live a stress-free, happier life together.              be so detailed about
                                                                  	 Established in 1981, Palm City Animal Medical Center            those gnocchis, but
                                                                  is dedicated to providing the best possible care for your         the home fries not
                                                                  pets. With focuses on compassionate care in surgery,              so much. Oh, those
                                                                  physical therapy and rehabilitation, preventative medicine,       were the days!
                                                                  extensive diagnostics, and emergency service, Palm City           	 Dad and I played
                                                                  Animal Medical Center combines exceptional medical                a lot of public golf
                                                                  care with a caring philosophy for pets and their owners.          courses. It seems
                                                                  For more information, call (772) 283-0920, visit www.             like yesterday he
                                                         or find us on Facebook at         would tell me the
                                                                                    day before, “Now
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                                                                                                                                    tin full of Charlies Chips. Dad grew up with his mother’s 561P.a6lm30Be.XacOhXO 77T2re.a9su3r2e.CHoaEsRt E 954.B4r2ow0a.rXdOXO                                           (my nana) homemade apple pie. So it was always fitting
                                                                                                                                    that we finished with my mom’s pie, topped with plenty
                                                                                                                                    of whipped cream. I hope you’re getting this story. Mom
                                                                                                                                    was very busy on our special day.
                                                                                                                                    	 This month is not about food and wine pairings, my
                                                                                                                                    wine choices, or my travels. This month is about one very
                                                                                                                                    special person in my life. Thanks Dad for being the best
                                                                                                                                    father a son could ever have. I miss you very much.
                                                                                                                                    	 This article is for all the great fathers who set the bar
                                                                                                                                    for their sons and daughters, period!

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