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Thunderstorms, hurricanes, wind storms and tornados are not always predictable, making storm phobia a particularly difficult fear to treat in pets, and for owners whose pets exhibit these fears, it can be equally distressing.  Not only do the pets show signs of nervousness (pacing, panting, chewing, and drooling), they will also display behavioral signs (hiding, owner seeking, trembling, vocalizing, trying to escape, and destruction), which can be even more upsetting, and even dangerous, as phobic dogs have been known to break through screen door or windows in an attempt to escape, causing serious injury to themselves.  “My 7 year old Lhaso Apso, Spanky, has had storm phobia since he was a puppy,” said Sheila R. of London, Kentucky.  “He would destroy the room he was in, nothing helped.  The vet was always amazed this little 15 pound dog would destroy metal cages, wood doors, wood moldings, wood tables, the list goes on and on.”

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Animal behavior problems, often resulting from anxiety, play a significant role in the breakdown of the human/animal bond in families that own pets, frequently leading to abandonment, relinquishment to shelters and, in extreme cases, euthanization.  “Flower’s problem was just tearing us apart inside,” said Linda Dilts, a dog breeder from Plymouth, IN whose dog Flower, an Aussie mix, had a severe anxiety problem.   “She would chew doorways, go through windows, tear out our dryer ducts, and virtually chewed through cement this last time.” 

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